IN AFRICA, U.S.-TRAINED MILITARIES ARE OUSTING CIVILIAN GOVERNMENTS IN COUPS
FORT BENNING, Ga. — a whirlwind of military upsets across Africa has disturbed the U.S. technique of enrolling nearby armed forces to counter Islamist radicals and other security dangers. The U.S. has prepared a huge number of African warriors, from infantrymen practicing counterterrorism attacks on the edge of the Sahara to senior officers going to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. The projects are a key part of U.S. strategy on the mainland, planned to assist African partners with professionalizing their military to battle outfitted adversaries both unfamiliar and homegrown.
However, U.S. commandants have watched with alarm throughout the last year as military innovators in a few African partners — incorporating officials with broad American tutoring — have ousted regular citizen legislatures and held onto power for themselves, setting off regulations that deny the U.S. government from furnishing them with weapons or preparing.
"There's nobody more shocked or frustrated when accomplices that we're working with — or have been working with for some time now and again — choose to oust their administration," Rear Adm. Jamie Sands, officer of U.S. unique tasks powers in Africa, said for the current week. "We have not found ourselves ready to forestall it, and we positively don't evaluate that we're causing it."