Note: brief background & strategic context:
US will deploy troops to 35 African countries in 2013
Soldiers based out of Fort Riley, Kansas’ 2nd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division will begin training in March 2013 in order to prepare for a project that will send troops to as many as 35 African nations, the AP reports. Citing a growing threat from extremist groups, including those with 'ties to al-Qaeda', the Pentagon is installing U.S. forces to prepare local troops there for any future crises as tensions escalate....DoD sources with insider knowledge told the Washington Post US troops will soon be en route to the nation of Mali in order to thwart the emerging threat of Islamic extremists, including al-Qaeda aligned insurgents. With the latest news from the Pentagon, though, Mali will be just one of many African nations hosting US troops in the coming year...
The End of the Mubarak Era
1/29/11 Bruce Reidel, www.brookings.edu/research/opinions/2011/01/29-egypt-riedel
Bruce Reidel, former CIA Officer, a senior fellow in the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution.