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The US thinks to end the “war on terrorism” and focus on Russia and China

US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper is considering a major reduction or even complete withdrawal of US troops from West Africa. This could be the first step in a large-scale reduction in US troops around the world.

According to The New York Times, citing its sources, the Pentagon believes that priorities should be changed from “fighting international terrorism” to confronting the “so-called” great powers — China and Russia.

When taking office, US President Donald Trump promised to “end the nation’s endless wars”, however, about 200 thousand US troops are stationed outside the country, and their number is not decreasing, but growing.

US troops in West Africa were stationed after September 11, 2001, attacks in New York. They are deployed in Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso. Recently, a new base of drones was built in Niger, which cost the US budget $110 million. In total, from 6 to 7 thousand American troops are deployed in Africa.

Following the contraction in Africa, contraction of US troops in the Middle East and Afghanistan may follow. According to newspaper sources, plans to reduce troops are being considered at the Pentagon, but no one has consulted with Congress on this issue. In addition, such plans may cause dissatisfaction with the commanders of regional headquarters. Thus, General Stephen Townsend, recently appointed head of the African command, believes that US forces in Africa are opposing China and Russia, increasing their economic and military influence on the continent.

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