AFRICOM goes to war on the sly: An AFRICOM official says the US has been “at war” in Africa for over two years

by Nick Turse

Senegalese forces train with US Marines. The US military is now conducting exercises and operations with virtually every African military. Photo: US Marine Corps/Flickr

What the military will say to a reporter and what is said behind closed doors are two very different things — especially when it comes to the U.S. military in Africa.

For years, U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) has maintained a veil of secrecy about much of the command’s activities and mission locations, consistently downplaying the size, scale, and scope of its efforts. At a recent Pentagon press conference, AFRICOM Commander General David Rodriguez adhered to the typical mantra, assuring the assembled reporters that the United States “has little forward presence” on that continent.