US policymakers argue that extremist groups like Al-Qaeda and Al-Shabaab pose a global threat and that their operations in Africa can ultimately affect American security. One argument against US involvement in Africa revolves around the geographical distance between the continents. Africa is approximately 13,000 kilometers away from the United States, and critics argue that self-defense should primarily focus on protecting Americans on their own soil. They contend that the counterterrorism measures and resources allocated to Africa could be better utilized domestically to counter domestic threats, such as domestic terrorism or cyberattacks.Read More →