Pentagon Extends Its Reach Throughout Northern Africa : NPR

Africa has increasingly become a focus of anti-terror efforts. The U.S. is providing training and intelligence assistance to a number of countries, and is particularly concerned about the arc of countries in northern Africa, stretching from Mali to Somalia.

http://www.npr.org/2013/09/25/226010293/pentagon-expands-its-reach-throughout-northern-africa?ft=1&f=3