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United States Africa Command (USAFRICOM or AFRICOM)

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United States Africa Command (USAFRICOM or AFRICOM)
The United States Africa Command (USAFRICOM or AFRICOM) is a new Unified Combatant Command of the United States Department of Defense, to be responsible for U.S. military operations in and military relations with 53 African nations - an area of responsibility covering all of Africa except Egypt. Africa Command was established October 1, 2007 as a temporary sub-unified command of U.S. European Command, but will be fully autonomous and operational by September 30, 2008.

In June 2007 Ryan Henry, Principal Deputy Under-Secretary of Defense for Policy, remarked that the latest plans envisage "a distributed command" that would be "networked" across several countries rather than a single combatant command headquarters. In February 2008 a spokesman for AFRICOM, Vince Crawley, told the Associated Press that its "headquarters will be in Stuttgart for the foreseeable future

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