U.S Fails To Find Home For Africom

  • Middle East Newsline
  • June 13, 2008
WASHINGTON [MENL] -- The United States, despite intensified efforts, has
failed to find a home for the military's new African Command.
Officials said despite numerous visits and personal appeals, the Bush
administration has failed to find an African state willing to host Africom.
They said the latest effort sought to persuade Arab allies in North Africa.
"I think in some respects we probably didn't do as good a job as we
should have when we rolled out Africom," Defense Secretary Robert Gates
said.
U.S. military and Pentagon officials have visited dozens of African
countries over the last 18 months in search of a home for Africom. The
latest visits were that by Africom chief Gen. William Ward to Morocco and
Tunisia in late May.
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