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The United States Africa Command (USAFRICOM or AFRICOM) is a Unified Combatant Command of the United States Department of Defense that is responsible for U.S. military operations in and military relations with 53 African nations - an area of responsibility covering all of Africa except Egypt. Africa Command was established October 1, 2007 as a temporary sub-unified command of U.S. European Command, but became fully autonomous and operational on October 1, 2008, when it officially took command of U.S. military operations within the aforementioned area of responsibility.

In June 2007 the latest plans envisioned a distributed command that would be networked across several countries rather than a single combatant command headquarters. In February 2008 a spokesman for AFRICOM stated that its headquarters will be located in Stuttgart for the foreseeable future.

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