America’s Secret African Drone War Against the Islamic State

A MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle prepares to land after a mission in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. The Reaper has the ability to carry both precision-guided bombs and air-to-ground missiles. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Brian Ferguson)

by Nick Turse On October 7th, at an “undisclosed location” somewhere in “Southwest Asia,” men wearing different types of camouflage and dun-colored boots gathered before a black backdrop adorned with Arabic script.  They were attending a ceremony that mixed solemnity… Continue Reading  

America’s Empire of African Bases

090806-N-4605O -DJIBOUTI (Aug. 6, 2009) Soldiers from U.S. Army Central Command (ARCENT) coordinated a Combat Life Saver Seminar with Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa to demonstrated life saving skills with the Djiboutian Army.

by Nick Turse In the shadows of what was once called the “dark continent,” a scramble has come and gone. If you heard nothing about it, that was by design. But look hard enough and — north to south, east… Continue Reading