US Military Building Up Network of Bases in Italy For Operations in Africa



The U.S. is building up its military bases in Italy, which could be used for operations in Africa.

The move is the latest example of the Obama administration favoring raids by Special Forces to drone strikes in the campaign against Al Qaeda.

From UPI:

TRIPOLI, Libya, Oct. 15 (UPI) — The U.S. deployment of 200 Marines to a naval base in Sicily for possible operations in Libya, a short hop across the Mediterranean, underlines how the Americans have been building a network of bases in Italy as launch pads for military interventions in Africa and the Mideast.

The signs are that 20 years after the American military's first, and costly, encounter with Muslim militants in Mogadishu, Somalia, U.S. operations in Africa are growing as the Islamist threat expands.

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