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This Year’s U.S.-African Land Forces Summit Was Partially Intended to Persuade African Militaries Not to Partner With China and Russia

Generals and other high-ranking officers from 40 African armies traveled to the southern United States last month to watch the U.S. Army show off its latest weapons and tactics.

The week-long event at the sprawling army base at Fort Benning in Georgia provided African officers with the opportunity to see up close, and in some cases even ride along in the newest U.S. tanks and helicopters. But amid the displays of firepower, the U.S. Army was also conveying another, more subtle message that it hopes these officers will bring home:

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