Shutting Down AFRICOM and the New Scramble for Africa

Netfa Freeman Black Alliance for Peace Campaign The Black Alliance for Peace (BAP) has launched U.S. Out of Africa!: Shut Down AFRICOM, a campaign designed to end the U.S. invasion and occupation of Africa. The US must cease its military occupation of Africans at home and abroad, and abandon its attempt to rule the world…

US Military’s Worst-Case Scenario in Africa

Nick Turse What keeps U.S. Africa Command chief Gen. Thomas Waldhauser up at night? That remains unknown, but the analysts under his command are worried about terrorist organizations like the Islamic State, Al Qaeda, and Boko Haram combining forces and destabilizing large swaths of the African continent. Planning documents issued in October 2017 and classified by…

US Military Presence in Africa: All Over the Continent and Still Expanding

Arkady Savitsky Around 200,000 US troops are stationed in 177 countries throughout the world. Those forces utilize several hundred military installations. Africa is no exemption. On August 2, Maj. Gen. Roger L. Cloutier took command of US Army Africa, promising to “hit the ground running.” The US is not waging any wars in Africa but it has a significant…

The Niger Delta in Nigeria: Another Example of Africa on Fire

A-APRP The Niger Delta is a region in the West African country of Nigeria that is known mostly for its vast oil reserves. Like most of Africa, not much more is known about the Niger Delta by most people in the world, particularly those in the West. Equally obscured is the reality that also like…

US Drone Base in Niger Will Cost More Than $280 Million by 2024

Nick Turse Air Force engineers and members of the 31st Expeditionary Red Horse squadron work on a landing strip on Air Base 201 in Agadez, Niger, April 12, 2018. A US drone base in a remote part of West Africa has garnered attention for its $100 million construction price tag. But according to new projections from…

US Secret Wars in Africa Rage on, Despite Talk of Downsizing

Nick Turse Last October, four U.S. soldiers – including two commandos – were killed in an ambush in Niger. Since then, talk of U.S. special operations in Africa has centered on missions being curtailed and troop levels cut. Press accounts have suggested that the number of special operators on the front lines has been reduced,…

Pentagon Drone Bases in Niger Expand Imperial War of Terror

Rebecca Gordon They are like the camel’s nose, lifting a corner of the tent. Don’t be fooled, though. It won’t take long until the whole animal is sitting inside, sipping your tea and eating your sweets. In countries around the world — in the Middle East, Asia Minor, Central Asia, Africa, even the Philippines —…

US Military Base in Ghana Sparks Nation Wide Protests

DIONNE SEARCEY, ERIC SCHMITT DAKAR, Senegal — Thousands of Ghanaians rallied in the streets of their capital on Wednesday to protest a deal that would give the United States military an expanded role in Ghana. As part of the agreement struck last week, the United States would invest about $20 million in equipment and training…