Benghazi 2012. Niger 2017. Manda Bay 2020.

These are just the high-profile cases where American warfighters and diplomats have died in Africa in the last decade. For the most part of the last two decades, the Middle East has captivated the attention of the Pentagon and U.S. media. But Africa has been steadily warming up. And consequently, the Department of Defence (DoD) is reappraising the security of U.S. military bases and outposts in the continent.

On Thursday, the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) chief Army General Stephen Townsend, appeared in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee. In his brief to the lawmakers, Gen. Townsend revealed an ongoing security assessment of all U.S bases and outposts in the region.

“Al-Shabab has shown their reach, and the danger that they pose, and I think that we need to take that seriously,” said Gen. Townsend. “And so I’m looking with a clear eye at every location in Africa now.”