America’s War-Fighting Footprint in Africa

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by Nick Turse General Thomas Waldhauser sounded a little uneasy.  “I would just say, they are on the ground.  They are trying to influence the action,” commented the chief of U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) at a Pentagon press briefing in… Continue Reading  

What the U.S. Military Doesn’t Know (and Neither Do You)

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by Nick Turse Sometimes the real news is in the details — or even in the discrepancies. Take, for instance, missions by America’s most elite troops in Africa. 

Evaluating the US Military Pivot to Africa

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by Nick Turse It’s rare to hear one top military commander publicly badmouth another, call attention to his faults, or simply point out his shortcomings. Despite a seemingly endless supply of debacles from strategic setbacks to quagmire conflicts since 9/11,… Continue Reading  

Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics…and AFRICOM

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by Nick Turse General David Rodriguez might be a modern military celebrity — if he hadn’t spent his career ducking the spotlight. After graduating from West Point in 1976, he began his long march up the chain of command, serving… Continue Reading  

U.S. Special Ops Missions in Africa Fail to Stem Rising Tide of Terror

040222-N-3953L-349 Remote Training Facility (February 22, 2004) -- Members of a SEAL Team practice desert training exercises in preparation for real world scenarios.   Navy SEALs are maritime special operations forces who strike from the SEa, Air and Land.  They operate in small numbers, infiltrating their objective areas by fixed-wing aircraft, helicopters, navy surface ships, combatant craft and submarines.  SEALs have the ability to conduct a variety of high-risk missions- unconventional warfare, direct action, special reconnaissance, combat search and rescue, diversionary attacks and precision strikes- all in a clandestine fashion.
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by Nick Turse “Africa is a challenging place today and one that, if left unattended, is likely to be the birthplace of many more challenges in the future,” Army Secretary John McHugh said recently. Since 9/11, in fact, the continent… Continue Reading