This article is very informative and instructive about the growing military presence of America in the African continent.
There is U.S. military involvement with no fewer than 49 African nations out of a total of 54. In some, the U.S. maintains bases, even if under other names. In others, it trains local partners and proxies to battle militants ranging from Somalia’s al-Shabab and Nigeria’s Boko Haram to members of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. Elsewhere, it is building facilities for its allies or infrastructure for locals. Many African nations are home to multiple U.S. military projects. Colonel Tom Davis, AFRICOM’s Director of Public Affairs, declares in all earnestnessl: “Other than our base at Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti, we do not have military bases in Africa, nor do we have plans to establish any.” But then admits that the U.S. has “temporary facilities elsewhere…”
At Entebbe, Uganda, U.S. contractors have flown secret surveillance missions. U.S. Army Africa plans to build six new gates to the Entebbe compound, 11 new “containerized housing units,” new guard stations, new perimeter and security fencing, enhanced security lighting and new concrete access ramps, among other improvements.
Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso. An airbase there serves as the home of a Joint Special Operations Air Detachment, as well as the Trans-Sahara Short Take-Off and Landing Airlift Support initiative.
Nzara in South Sudan is one of a string of shadowy forward operating posts on the continent where U.S. Special Operations Forces have been stationed in recent years. Other sites include Obo and Djema in the Central Africa Republic and Dungu in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
AFRICOM confirmed that U.S. air operations conducted from Base Aerienne 101 at Diori Hamani International Airport in Niamey, Niger’s capital, were providing “support for intelligence collection with French forces conducting operations in Mali and with other partners in the region.”
Additionally, the U.S. has flown drones out of the Seychelles Islands and Ethiopia’s Arba Minch Airport.
Since 2004, U.S. troops have been stationed at a Kenyan naval base known as Camp Simba at Manda Bay. The U.S. military also makes use of six buildings located on Kenyan military bases at the airport and seaport of Mombasa.
The list goes on...