Pentagon Proposes $50 Million Program To Help Tajikistan Fight Terrorists

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by Joshua Kucera The United States plans to give Central Asia an additional $50 million in military aid under a new program, with the bulk of the aid focused on Tajikistan, budget documents released by the White House show. 

A Secret War in 135 Countries

Marines with the 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command breach a cargo container as others rappel from a CH-47 helicopter onto the deck of a mock cargo ship during Visit, Board, Search and Seizure (VBSS) training with the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment near Camp Pendleton, Calif. Dec. 11. VBSS, which consists of maritime vessel boarding and searching, is used to combat smuggling, drug trafficking, terrorism and piracy. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Kyle McNally/Released)

by Nick Turse You can find them in dusty, sunbaked badlands, moist tropical forests, and the salty spray of third-world littorals. Standing in judgement, buffeted by the rotor wash of a helicopter or sweltering beneath the relentless desert sun, they instruct,… 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