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The United States has a military presence all over Africa. But why?

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When four service members died in Niger in October 2017, many U.S. citizens questioned why their country was in the country at all. But the United States isn’t just in Niger. It’s all over the continent, and the nation’s two-decade long “War on Terror” is just one reason why.

Learn more here:
TomDispatch.com (http://tomdispatch.com/). “Tomgram: Nick Turse, AFRICOM’s Gigantic ‘Small Footprint.” http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175743

Al Jazeera. “Shadow War in the Sahara.”
http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/specialseries/2016/10/shadow-war-sahara-161009025023817.html

Vice. “The U.S. Military Is Conducting Secret Missions All Over Africa.” https://news.vice.com/story/us-military-secret-missions-africa

The Intercept. “Cameroonian Troops Tortured and Killed Prisoners at Base Used for U.S. Drone Surveillance.” https://theintercept.com/2017/07/20/cameroonian-troops-tortured-and-killed-prisoners-at-base-used-for-u-s-drone-surveillance/

Amnesty International. “Cameroon: Amnesty Report Reveals War Crimes in Fight Against Boko Haram, Including Horrific Use of Torture.” https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2017/07/cameroon-amnesty-report-reveals-war-crimes-in-fight-against-boko-haram-including-horrific-use-of-torture/

Presented by: Imaeyen Ibanga
Written by: Imaeyen Ibanga and Kat Wheeler
Edited by: Brian Joseph
Animations by: Chia Liu
Produced by: Imaeyen Ibanga and Kat Wheeler
Executive producer: Sarah Nasr

Music tracks courtesy of APM and Audio Networks.
Footage and images courtesy of Getty, Reuters, Al Jazeera.

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