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AFRICOM: Things You Didn’t Hear About the United States Africa Command

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Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) has advised the US to rethink moving the United States Africa Command (AFRICOM) from Stuttgart, Germany, to Africa.

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On Tuesday, Buhari rendered the request in a virtual meeting with Anthony Blinken, the US Secretary of State.

Many Nigerians have voiced differing opinions about Buhari’s request since he made it.

You should be aware of the following facts about AFRICOM.

* US Africa Command was established to reinforce security forces and react to crises to advance US national interests and foster regional security, stability, and development in collaboration with partners.

*The United States Africa Command, headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany, is one of 11 combatant commands of the United States Department of Defense, each with a specific regional or technical mandate for command and control of armed powers in peace and conflict.

*To promote interagency efforts and help negate the motors of violence and extremism in Africa, AFRICOM employs broad-reaching diplomacy, growth, and security strategy.

AFRICOM is a full-spectrum combatant command in charge of all US Department of Defense activities, exercises, and military relations on the African continent, island nations, and nearby seas.

* The region of responsibility encompasses 53 African countries, over 800 cultural communities, over 1,000 languages, extensive natural resources, a landmass of 11.2 million square miles (three and a half times the size of the United States) 19,000 miles of coastline.

*On October 1, 2007, AFRICOM started its initial activities, and on October 1, 2008, it was completely operational.

*The US Africa Command employs nearly 2,000 people, including military staff, US government civilian workers, and US contractor personnel.

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Liaison officers from the command are stationed at important African institutions such as the African Union, the Economic Community of West African States, and the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping and Training Centre in Ghana.

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