AFRICOM Commander Visits Ethiopia
The International Herald Tribune recently reported on the visit by General William “Kip” Ward to the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa on November 8. General Ward is the recently appointed commander of United States African Command (AFRICOM). He attended a meeting of African Union officials, an organization headquarted in Addis Ababa, as part of his first tour as AFRICOM chief. The tour also included stops in Senegal, Cameroon, and Gabon.
Another report on the visit offered speculation regarding the location of AFRICOM’s headquarters. According to a spokesman of the infant command, several heads of state have reacted positively to AFRICOM’s inception, including Liberia, which has publicly shown interest in hosting the command. The spokesman also said that AFRICOM may be based in the United States. AFRICOM is expected to have a staff of one thousand and a budget of $250 million.