FAST FIVE: US Africa Command Ordered To Leave Germany As Part Of Troop Draw Down Fallout
Stephen Townsend said in a new statement.
Part of the fallout to Trump's controversial order to move some 12,000 troops from Germany in a major historic draw down which has angered a number of Congressional leaders, including charges that the US has somehow “handed over” Europe to America's superpower rivals like Russia and China, is that US Africa Command's fate as well as other key command headquarters are in the balance. US Africa Command has been headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany since 2008, but as part of the Pentagon troop withdraw it too will have to move.
It should be noted that AFRICOM has grown increasingly controversial in recent years given the seeming explosion of US bases, especially drone and special forces bases, on the African continent over the past decade.
There's an estimated multiple dozens of bases, most established only the past few years.
https://t.co/YmwpeN4sWr – Our Hidden History (@OurHiddenHistry) September 2, 2017 A portion of the withdrawn troops are expected to move to other NATO states such as Belgium and Italy, while others are expected to return to bases in the United States.