U.S. may boost presence near West Africa to combat piracy

03/28/2013 | Air Force Times (free registration)

The Pentagon reportedly is considering shifting resources to combating piracy off the west coast of Africa. Officials have expressed concern that groups linked to al-Qaida are being funded by African piracy. "If the threat that is present in Africa is left unaddressed, it will over time grow to an increasingly dangerous and imminent threat to U.S. interests," Gen. Carter Ham, head of U.S. Africa Command, said recently.

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