A Short and (In)Glorious History of U.S. Military Aid and Arms Sales

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by Derek Davison With all due respect to Tom Cotton and his efforts to pick a fight with somebody, anybody, in the Iranian government, it’s rare to see the leader of a foreign country engaged in a public spat with… Continue Reading  

Is the U.S. Facilitating the Use of Mercenaries in Yemen?

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by William D. Hartung The recent New York Times report that the United Arab Emirates is paying, arming, and training retired soldiers from Colombia and other Latin American countries to fight in Yemen marks a troubling turning point in the… 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.
Official U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Eric S. Logsdon, Naval Special Warfare Command Public Affairs Office. (RELEASED)

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  

U.S. Assistance to Nigeria Should Be Tied to Human Rights

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by William D. Hartung In his recent visit to Washington, newly elected Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari had harsh words for U.S. restrictions on military aid to his nation. In particular, he singled out the Leahy Law, which blocks U.S. aid… Continue Reading