The American news agency Associates Press confirmed the information that Washington, within the framework of Donald Trump’s concept of reducing the US national security zone to the borders of the American continent, adopted a basic plan for reducing its military presence in Africa
At present, approximately 7,200 US troops are involved in the countries of the “black continent”, which are mainly involved in counter-terrorism operations. At the first stage, in early 2019, it is planned to reduce at least 10% of the total number of US African troops.
According to statements by US representatives, the reduction in the number of troops will not affect the forces involved in the territory of Somalia, Djibouti and Libya; on the contrary, the US military presence in this region will be slightly increased (mainly due to forces withdrawn from the Middle East).
The main focus in the planned reduction of the American military presence on the “black continent” is on the American units located in West and Central Africa (in countries such as Niger, Nigeria, Cameroon, etc.), despite the continuation or even growth of terrorist activity. This is due to the fact that these zones will be fully transferred to the responsibility of the US allies from NATO countries (mainly France) and the security forces of the African Union states.
Recall that in the indicated territories of the African continent, official US military personnel (and not PMC personnel) were mainly engaged in training local antiterrorist forces within the framework of the previously adopted concept of the “global war on terror”, and only occasionally participated in direct combat operations.
Also note that the ‘African command’ of the United States was the first of all American command and control centers to report on the adopted plan to reduce military presence under the new strategic initiative of the presidential administration D. Trump.