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The Generals in Charge of U.S. Forces in the Middle East and Africa Are Becoming Increasingly Nervous About Chinese and Russian Influence

U.S. AFRICOM Commander General Stephen J. Townsend testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday in Washington, D.C. Image via CSPAN.

Two of the U.S.’ top generals who oversee commands for American forces in Africa and the Middle East issued new warnings on Tuesday about the risks to U.S. interests posed by both China and Russia. 

Marine Corps General Kenneth McKenzie Jr., commander of U.S. Central Command, and Army General Stephen Townsend, commander of U.S. Africa Command, appeared before the Senate Armed Services Committee for wide-ranging testimony about current challenges to the U.S. in both regions.

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