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US Fighter Jets & Troops Deployed in East Africa Since July

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A statement of the US Africa Command revealed that the US Air Force has deployed a fleet of aircraft in east Africa over this summer.

US Fighter Jets & Troops Deployed in East Africa Since July

Photo: US Air Force / Senior Airman James Richardson

A fleet of aircraft has been deployed by the US Air Force in east Africa during this summer in order to respond to potential threats in South Sudan, the Stars and Stripes newspaper reported, citing a statement of the US Africa Command.

According to the October’s statement of the US Africa Command, the Pentagon has been prepared to engage in South Sudan since July, when a number of the F-16 fighter jets and the KC 135 refueling tankers have been moved by the US Air Force to the Camp Lemonnier base in Djibouti.

“[The deployment was a] precautionary measure in order to protect Americans and American interests in South Sudan if required,” the Stars and Stripes newspaper quoted the statement. “These assets have remained in Djibouti out of an abundance of caution in response to that situation in South Sudan.”

The deployment that included about 50 combat-ready troops was a response to diplomatic personnel coming under fire.

“I can say that we do not believe our vehicles and personnel were specifically targeted in the attack,” spokesman for the US State Department, Mark Toner, said in September. “It’s our assessment that the attack was connected to the breakdown of command and control among South Sudanese government forces, and we have demanded that the government of South Sudan investigate this incident and punish and hold accountable those responsible for it.”

Also, on October 13, the US military launched a series of cruise missile strikes on three radar installations in Yemen. The attack became a response to recent threats made on naval vessels in the Red Sea. This was the first time, when the US has taken part in the Yemen conflict directly.

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