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Warning Against Africa Drawdown

POLITICO

Washington, January 15, 2020
The lawmakers warned pulling troops out of Africa in favor of a "narrow focus on confronting Russia and China" would be "shortsighted."

Eleven lawmakers from both parties are cautioning Esper against a big cut to the U.S. troop presence in Africa as the Pentagon reviews global force posture. In a letter to Esper led by Rep. Anthony Brown (D-Md.), the lawmakers warned pulling troops out of Africa in favor of a "narrow focus on confronting Russia and China" would be "shortsighted."

"The execution of stability operations in Africa and meeting China and Russia in great power competition are not mutually exclusive," the lawmakers argued. "Rather than retreat from African affairs, it is in the interest of the United States to continue to share democratic values and military expertise with developing nations across the continent."

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