...at work in the antipodes. A larger U.S. presence in Africa was predicted here as soon as Obama was president both as a vehicle for proxy competition with other nations as well as a bulkhead for energy security and inexpensive labor.
This is just the beginning.
BANGUI, Central African Republic - U.S. Special Forces troops have set up a base in the Central African Republic as part of their regional hunt for fighters from the Ugandan-born Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) group, military sources said.
"The deployment of this contingent, the size of which is unknown, was carried out very discreetly with Ugandan military aircraft," a Central African military official said Dec. 19 on condition of anonymity.
The U.S. troops set up a base in Obo and are expected to coordinate their efforts with local government forces and Ugandan soldiers.
U.S. President Barack Obama in October announced he was sending 100 Special Forces troops to Kampala, Uganda, to help Uganda track down LRA chief and international fugitive Joseph Kony, who has wreaked havoc over four nations for more than two decades.
Besides Obo, the U.S. forces also have a forward base in South Sudan. They began deploying in Uganda earlier this month.