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**FILE** The Senate Armed Services Committee meets on Capitol Hill in Washington on Feb. 14, 2013, to consider the nominations of Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III (left) for reappointment to the grade of general and to be commander of the U.S. Central Command, and Gen. David M. Rodriguez (right) for reappointment to the grade of general and to be commander of the U.S. Africa Command. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Army Gen. William E. "Kip" Ward, commander of U.S. Africa Command, speaks Oct. 1, 2008, at the Pentagon. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Army Gen. William E. "Kip" Ward, Commander of U.S. Africa Command, speaks Oct. 1, 2008, at the Pentagon. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Army Gen. William E. "Kip" Ward, commander of U.S. Africa Command, speaks Oct. 1, 2008, at the Pentagon. (Associated Press)

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Army Gen. Carter Ham, head of U.S. Africa Command, lacked what is called a commander in-extremis force, which other combatant forces have set up to respond to crises such as Benghazi. (Associated Press)

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Army Gen. Carter Ham, head of U.S. Africa Command, lacked what is called a commander in-extremis force, which other combatant forces have set up to respond to crises such as Benghazi. (Associated Press)

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Gen. Carter Ham, head of U.S. Africa Command, said Africa-based terrorist groups are sharing their training, funding and bomb-making materials. They pose a threat to the U.S. and the region, he said. (Associated Press)

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Gen. Carter Ham, head of U.S. Africa Command, said Africa-based terrorist groups are sharing their training, funding and bomb-making materials. They pose a threat to the U.S. and the region, he said. (Associated Press)

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U.S. Army Gen. Carter Ham, the head of the U.S. Africa Command, attends a conference on terrorism in the Sahara in Algiers, Algeria, on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011. (AP Photo)