Africa still matters | | AW

Shifts are shaping up in the positions of global powers towards Africa, a region that is vital to the security of the Arab region.

The New York Times reports that the United States intends to cut its Special Operations forces by half in Africa in the next three years. The move comes after a jihadist attack in Niger in October 2017 that left four US soldiers dead. The proposed cuts would close “several outposts” and end the work of “seven of the eight American elite counterterrorism units” in Africa.

Numbering about 1,200 troops, this is not a huge expeditionary force but it could make a dent in many African countries’ anti-terrorism efforts.

In normal circumstances, more security self-reliance and less outside interference would be a positive goal for African countries, including…

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