REVEALED: US FIGHTER JETS, TROOPS HAVE BEEN DEPLOYED IN EAST AFRICA SINCE JULY | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


REVEALED: US FIGHTER JETS, TROOPS HAVE BEEN DEPLOYED IN EAST AFRICA SINCE JULY

The US Air Force deployed a fleet of aircraft to east Africa over the summer to respond to potential threats in South Sudan.

A statement released by US Africa Command on October 13 indicates that the Pentagon has been prepared to engage in South Sudan since July, when the US Air Force quietly moved a number of F-16 fighters and KC 135 refueling tankers to Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti.

"[The deployment was a] precautionary measure in order to protect Americans and American interests in South Sudan if required," said a statement from US Africa Command, according to Stars and Stripes.

"These assets have remained in Djibouti out of an abundance of caution in response to that situation in South Sudan."

The move included roughly 50 combat-ready troops.

Defensive in nature, the deployment was a response to diplomatic personnel coming under fire.

"I can say that we do not believe our vehicles and personnel were specifically targeted in the attack," US State Department spokesman Mark Toner told reporters in September.

"It’s our assessment that the attack was connected to the breakdown of command and control among South Sudanese government forces, and we have demanded that the government of South Sudan investigate this incident and punish and hold accountable those responsible for it."

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