"AFRICOM, literally known as ”The United States Africa Command”(USAFRICOM) is one of nine Unified Combatant Commands of the United States Armed Forces headquartered at Kelley barracks, Stuttgart in Germany.
AFRICOM was created by George W Bush by Presidential Order in 2007 to cordinate US military activities throughout Africa and is directly responsible for U:S military operations and military relations with 53 african nations – an area of responsibility covering the whole of Africa except Egypt.
In mid-2006, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld formed a planning team to advise on requirements for establishing a new Unified Command for the African continent. In early December, he made his recommendations to President George W. Bush.
Gaddafi's role in preventing AFRICOM
In order to to establish AFRICOM bases in each African country, the USA government actually bribed the leaders of these African Nations by giving them millions of dollars in exchange of accepting AFRICOM.
The reisitence to AFRICOM on the African continent was mainly led and spearheaded by Muammar Gaddafi and Libya. He was the only African President who was suspicious and wary of AFRICOM's role in the recolonisation of Africa. He paid African leaders to refuse to cooperate with AFRICOM by offering investment and infrastructure and offering cash to African countries that refused to host US military base on their soil and who refused to cooperate with AFRICOM. Gaddafi actually paid each African leader twice the amount of money they received from the USA government. Libya under Muammar Gaddafi was really the biggest obstacle to the plan of subordinating African Union Forces to AFRICOM. This led to the refusal of AFRICOM bases in many Africa countries. As long as Gaddafi was alive, Africa would not be recolonized.
With Gaddafi out of the way now, the plan of establishing AFRICOM bases in AFRICA will continue . For instance shortly after the assassination of Gaddafi , President Obama sent about 100 US Special Forces to four different countries of Africa ostensibly to hunt down Joseph Kony , leader of the notorious Lords Resistance Army in Uganda. Ugandan forces , alongside Kenyan and Ethiopian forces, are largely in Somalia fighting a proxy war for the US in Somalia and its Western allies. The US forces were sent to Uganda to train Ugandan forces to fight on their behalf in Somalia. Uganda has about 8000 troops in Somalia.
Gaddafi's refusal of AFRICOM was another major reason that led to his overthrow and execution by NATO and its western allies.With Gaddafi gone, Africa is therefore vulnerable to the forces of recolonisation as he had the vision, influence and fund that had initially blocked the establishment of AFRICOM bases in Africa from 2007 to 2011. (...)"