First ever summit brings African leaders with US military ties to Washington

August 3, 2014 4:03 PM

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When a cargo plane carrying U.S. troops made an emergency landing in July on a Ugandan highway, it snarled traffic, drew crowds and caused a sheepish-looking Marine Corps colonel to apologize on local television. But it also highlighted the U.S. military's quiet expansion in Africa, seven years after it started a new command run by a four-star general to oversee military operations across the continent.

U.S. Africa Command, now led by Army Gen. David Rodriguez, was established in 2007 and was billed by U.S. defense officials as a good way to coordinate growing relationships with friendly African militaries. Its scope has widened to include drone operations from remote bases, task forces that can re...

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