US eyes full-time Spain base for Africa troops

http://www.thelocal.es/20150105/us-eyes-permanent-spain-base-for-africa-troops

The United States has said it wants to permanently station an elite squad of marines in Andalusia to deal with crises in Africa but Spanish authorities are concerned about possible consequences.

Since 2013, the US has had a rolling annual deal with Spain which allows for Africa crisis troops to be stationed at the Morón de la Frontera air base near the city of Andalusia in Seville.

The hoped-for deal would see the US stationing up to 850 troops full-time at the Andalusian base as part of a rapid-response unit to deal with crises in Africa. That number would then rise to 3,000 as needed.

Spain is key to US military strategy in Europe and Africa with the Rota naval base in Andalusia part of the Nato defence shield.

Note: AFRICOM in Liberia under pretext of Ebola

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