The United States Africa Command moved 500 marines from Spain to Sigonella, Sicily, Italy.
The move was ordered in view of the unstable situation in Libya.
The United States still don’t have a strong military presence in Africa – except in the Gulf – and are clearly trying to boost their strategic bases in Sicily.
Italian politics could interfere, however. The Government of Sicily already blocked the building of a new radar installation in Niscemi, but Sigonella is scheduled to become the new command and control center for drone attacks in the Mediterranean.
In 1984 in Sigonella the Italian Military Police and Air Force Police nearly opened fire against U.S. troops trying to arrest a group of PLO terrorists. Could the Sicilian base became once more a source of friction ?