AFRICOM issued the statement after Townsend spoke on the phone with Tunisian Defense Minister Imad Hazgui on Thursday. “We’re looking at new ways to address mutual security concerns with Tunisia, including the use of our Security Force Assistance Brigade.” The command later clarified that the unit does not include combat forces. The top US military commander for operations in Africa suggested sending US Army trainers to Tunisia in light of Russia’s military involvement in neighboring Libya’s civil war. China maintains a military base in Djibouti, and Russia has reportedly sent Wagner Group mercenaries to Libya, Sudan, Mozambique and the Central African Republic. The army established its first SFAB in 2017 in order to free up brigade combat teams from training foreign military forces.
Source: The North Africa Journal June 01, 2020 23:37 UTC