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That aid a lot smaller numbers of team of workers, frequently for a particular task. ” AFRICOM’s leader of media engagement Benjamin Benson echoes this, telling me that it’s nearly very unlikely to supply an inventory of ahead working bases. “Places that [US forces] may be, the diversity of attainable destinations can get rather substantial, yet promises a very skewed picture of the place we're . . . as opposed to different locations the place we have now ongoing operations. So, by way of delivering a host, I’d be at a lack of tips to quantify this. ” A briefing ready final 12 months through Captain Rick prepare dinner, the manager of AFRICOM’s Engineering department, tells a distinct tale, making connection with ahead working websites or FOSs (long-term locations), cooperative defense destinations or CSLs (which troops periodically rotate out and in of), and contingency destinations or CLs (which are used basically in the course of ongoing operations). A separate briefing ready final yr via Lieutenant Colonel David Knellinger references seven CSLs throughout Africa whose whereabouts are labeled. a 3rd briefing, produced in July 2012 by way of US military Africa, identifies one of many CSL websites as Entebbe, Uganda, a place from which US contractors have flown mystery surveillance missions utilizing innocuous-looking, white Pilatus PC-12 turboprop airplanes, in line with an research by way of the Washington put up. Entebbe Cooperative defense position, Entebbe, Uganda, in 2009 (left) and 2013 (below). �2013 Google �2013 electronic Globe US military Africa briefing fabrics bought from 2012 received through TomDispatch reference plans to construct six new gates to the Entebbe compound, 11 new “containerized housing units,” new safeguard stations, new perimeter and defense fencing, improved protection lighting fixtures, and new concrete entry ramps, between different advancements. satellite tv for pc pictures point out that many, if now not all, of those enhancements have certainly taken position. A 2009 picture (above best) indicates a bare-bones compound of airborne dirt and dust and grass tucked away on a Ugandan air base with quite a few plane surrounding it. A satellite tv for pc photograph of the compound from past this 12 months (above backside) indicates a strikingly extra built-up camp surrounded by way of a swarm of helicopters and white airplanes. first and foremost, AFRICOM’s Benjamin Benson refused to touch upon the development or the variety of plane, insisting that the command had no “public info” approximately it. faced with the 2013 satellite tv for pc picture, Benson reviewed it and provided a answer that neither proven nor denied that the positioning was once a US facility, yet advised me approximately utilizing “uncorroborated information. ” (Benson didn't reply to my request to corroborate the information via a domain stopover at. ) “I haven't any manner of realizing the place the photograph was once taken and the way it used to be modified,” he informed me. “Assuming the positioning is Entebbe, as you recommend, i'd back argue that the airplane might belong to an individual . . . it might be irresponsible of me to take a position at the missions, roles, or possession of those plane. ” He went directly to recommend, notwithstanding, that the airplane may possibly belong to the United international locations association Stabilization venture within the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) which does have a presence on the Entebbe air base.