AfriCom Commander General Stephen Townsend has still not succeeded in stationing his troops on the African continent. They continue to be headquartered in Germany.

He therefore discreetly showed up in Somaliland on the sidelines of his official tour of Djibouti, Somalia and Kenya. Washington’s objective would be to offer international recognition to the Somaliland authorities in exchange for their acceptance of a US military base on their soil. ‎