The US has announced it is reducing is forces in Africa by about ten percent over the next few years. Currently seven thousand, two hundred military forces serve in the US Africa Command.
A Pentagon statement said in West Africa, where many jihadist groups are active, the emphasis would shift from tactical assistance to advising, assisting, liaising, and sharing intelligence.
Commander Candice Tresch, a Pentagon spokeswoman, said the cuts would leave counter-violent extremist organisation activities largely untouched in several countries, including Somalia, Djibouti and Libya.
A US official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the reduction of troops would likely take place over three years and could include countries like Kenya, Cameroon and Mali. Report says US Defence Secretary James Mattis wants to focus resources saved in Africa for potential future conflicts with Russia and China.