US Africa command battles sceptics
By Adam Mynott
"The new command is headed by a four-star General, William Ward
A new unified United States military command for Africa is coming into full operation amid scepticism about US intentions.
The creation of Africom is recognition by the US that Africa and security issues on the continent are now a priority.
It reflects concerns about tackling Islamist extremism, securing oil supplies, and countering Chinese influence in Africa...(more at link) "