The U.S. general, William Ward, in charge of the Pentagon’s African command, based in Germany, says, “There is no hidden agenda. It is about working with the African nations to help them build their capacity.”
Africom has generated immense speculation in recent months, and only the nation of Liberia has offered to host the group. General Ward, in comments to the BBC, suggested that the 1,300 military personnel devoted to African affairs may not need a base on the continent for some time.Â He said it was a “myth” and “absolutely not the case” that the command was going to build big bases in Africa.
A new American president may indeed shift the emphasis or conception of Africom.