U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis has told parliamentarians that the American military will expand counterterrorism operations in Africa.
Mattis told two top members of the Senate Armed Services Committee that the Pentagon will expand the ability to use lethal force against suspected terrorists in Africa.
Americans should anticipate more military operations in Africa as the war on terrorism continues to morph, Senator Lindsey Graham said after meeting with Mattis.
“This war is getting hot in places that it's been cool, and we've got to go where the enemy takes us,” Graham said.
This is while U.S. President Donald Trump, when he was a presidential candidate, on numerous occasions railed against U.S. military presence across the world.
On Twitter, Trump started calling for an end to the war in Afghanistan and elsewhere as early as 2011 and continued that push as a presidential candidate.
His predecessor, Barack Obama pledged to end the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq as well, but they were still ongoing when he left the White house in 2016.
U.S. military presence throughout the world has been widely criticized. According to the Pew, Asia, the Middle East and North Africa accounted for 51% of the U.S. active-duty military presence worldwide in 2016.