China deal threatens only American military base in Africa

Attempts by China to increase its strategic involvement in East Africa have raised serious concerns about the future of one of America’s key intelligence-gathering posts on Islamic State and al-Qaeda.

Since the September 11 attacks in 2001, the US military’s Camp Lemonnier, which is located in the East African state of Djibouti, has become the centre for US terrorism operations in the region, gathering vital intelligence on al-Qaeda and Islamic State terror cells operating both in Africa and the Gulf region.

Camp Lemonnier, which houses 4,500 American military personnel and is the only US military base in Africa, is currently undergoing a $1.4 billion (£900m) upgrade. It provides a vital base US Special Forces, fighter planes and helicopters, and well as being a major operational centre for drone operations in Yemen and Somalia.

  • BobSykes

    The US military has numerous small bases and outposts throughout Africa, mostly special forces. It even has an Africa command headquarters to manage them.

  • David Murrell

    I imagine President Obama — out on the links playing golf — is keeping abreast of the situation. We can all breathe easier.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Obama has one goal in mind. Another holocaust. Everything else is unimportant.

  • Brett_McS

    The Chinese are investing in Africa at a huge rate. They would certainly have no compunction about being the 21st century’s imperial masters of that continent, if given the chance.

  • simus1

    To the American left, no US ally can ever meet their very high standards.
    To the American left, no US enemy can ever breach their extremely low standards.

  • Seneca III

    There is also a Brigade of the Foreign Legion stationed in Djibouti, and it also hosts a French Naval Base (for what that’s worth). However when it comes the Legion Etrangier that is different matter. Useful guys, those, not to be f….d with at your peril.