Carley Petesch, The Associated Press

  • In this file photo taken May, 30, 2018, a member of the army stands guard at the entrance of the headquarters of a new five-nation West African counter terror force, in Mali.(Baba Ahmed/AP)
    Allies worry as US ponders cutting military forces in Africa

    As extremist violence grows across Africa, the United States is considering reducing its military presence on the continent, a move that worries its international partners who are working to strengthen the fight in the tumultuous Sahel region.

  • A U.S. Army Special Forces weapons sergeant observes as a Nigerien soldier bounds forward while practicing buddy team movement drills during Exercise Flintlock 2017 in Diffa, Niger, March 11, 2017. (Spc. Zayid Ballesteros/Army)
    US military opens annual counterterrorism training in Niger

    Six months after the deaths of U.S. soldiers in Niger led to questions about the military’s presence in the West African nation, the U.S. special operations command in Africa on Wednesday opened its annual counterterror exercise in the face of a growing extremist threat.

  • Protesters take part in demonstration organised by Ghana First Patriotic Front, in downtown Accra on March 28, 2018, against a Ghana-US defense cooperation agreement, which was ratified by the Parliament last week. (Cristina Aldehuela/AFP via Getty Images)
    'Ghana First:' US military deal leads thousands to protest

    Rallying behind the slogan of “Ghana First,” thousands of people in the West African nation have protested a new defense cooperation deal with the United States, with many in the longtime U.S. ally saying they worry the expanded military presence could attract extremists and harm their country’s sovereignty.

  • U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Wayne W. Grisby Jr. (right), Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa commander, speaks with Brig. Gen. Donald C. Bolduc, U.S. Africa Command deputy director ACJ3, during the Mission and Manning Conference at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Jan. 7, 2015. Grigsby met with several leaders to assess critical Camp Lemonnier capabilities to inform future infrastructure investments to enhance the ability to support multiple combatant command requirements. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kevin Iinuma)
    SOCOM commander: Regional coordination can counter extremism in Africa

    Violent extremist groups and their affiliates are collaborating more in northern Africa, and regional forces must be built up and supported with deeper intelligence sharing to counter the increasing threat of attacks, the head of the U.S. military's Special Operations Command Africa said Monday.