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At #Pentagon, ‘pivot to #Asia’ becomes ‘shift to #Africa.’

At #Pentagon, ‘pivot to #Asia’ becomes ‘shift to #Africa.’

Related In Timbuktu, al-Qaida left behind a manifesto U.S. airmen prepare a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft to fly French soldiers and their cargo to Mali Jan. 23, 2013, in Istres, France. U.S. Air Force aircraft under U.S. Africa Command provided logistical support to French forces in support of France's efforts to restore security in Mali. James Richardson/Courtesy of the U.S. Air Force In his first term, President Barack Obama instructed the Pentagon to pivot its forces and reorient its strategy toward fast-growing Asia. Instead, the U.S. military finds itself drawn into a string of messy wars in another, much poorer part of the world: Africa. Over the past two years, the Pentagon has become embroiled in conflicts in Libya, Somalia, Mali and central Africa. Meantime, the Air Force is setting up a fourth African drone base, while Navy warships are increasing their missions...

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