According to U.S. military documents obtained by VICE News, Navy SEALs, Army Green Berets, and other special operations are carrying out nearly 100 missions in Africa. It is the military’s quiet but ever-expanding presence on the African continent. The numbers represent the most dramatic growth in the deployment of America’s elite troops to any region of the globe.
U.S. operations are claimed to be a counterterrorism campaign to lessen the threat of future terrorism that can threaten the America. In 2006, 1 percent of all U.S. commandos deployed overseas were in Africa. “In 2010 it was 3 percent, in 2016 that number jumped to 17 percent, and now there are more special operation personnel devoted to Africa than anywhere except the Middle East – 1,700 people spread across 20 countries.
Recently Trump loosened Obama-era restrictions on offensive operations in Somalis, allowing U.S. forces more discretion and leeway in conducting missions and opening up the possibility of more frequent air strikes and commando raids. The increase in U.S. activity tracks with the rising number of major terror groups in Africa.