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  

Averting a World of Failed States and Resource Wars

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by Michael Klare At the end of November, delegations from nearly 200 countries will convene in Paris for what is billed as the most important climate meeting ever held.  Officially known as the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP-21) of… Continue Reading  

U.S. Military Aid to Presidential Guards a Risky Venture

Burkinabe Col. Maj. Gilbert Diendere, chief of staff of the President of Burkina Faso and President of the Burkina Faso Flintlock 2010 Committee, addresses Burkinabe soldiers prior to their deployment to Mali in support of exercise Flintlock 10 in Ouagadougou, Burkino Faso, May 1, 2010. About 40 soldiers boarded the C-130J to deploy for counterterrorism training with U.S., Malian and European partners. Flintlock 10 is a special operations forces exercise and is part of a U.S. Africa Command-sponsored annual program with partner nations in Northern and Western Africa. The exercise, which includes several European nations, is conducted by Special Operations Command Africa and is designed to build relationships and develop capacity among security forces throughout the Trans-Saharan region of Africa. (DoD photo by Master Sgt. Jeremiah Erickson, U.S. Air Force/Released)

by Alexis Kedo and Colby Goodman “We have seen what has happened, that the people were not in favor of it [coup d’état]. That is why we gave it up.” This was Gen. Gilbert Diendéré’s ad-libbed apology for the coup… 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  

Return the Focus to Islamic State Central

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by Wayne White Ever since the January 7-9 attacks in France, European leaders have been preoccupied with domestic security and not the challenge of the Islamic State (ISIS or IS) itself. However, driving their security problems is the core IS… Continue Reading