NATO-AFRICOM: The Coming Year in Special Ops

From Afghanistan to Somalia, Special Ops Achieves Less with More Nick Turse At around 11 o’clock that night, four Lockheed MC-130 Combat Talons, turboprop Special Operations aircraft, were flying through a moonless sky from Pakistani into Afghan airspace. On board were 199 Army Rangers with orders to seize an airstrip.  One hundred miles to the…

Niger and Somalia Expose U.S. War Against Africa

Luwezi Kinshasa Muslim insurgents killed four and wounded two U.S. soldiers on October 4, 2017 around the town of Tongo Tongo, 200 km from Niamey,  the capital of Niger. The Sahel G5 region. This area is no stranger to these types of attacks: insurgents killed 15 Nigerians on February 15th. The U.S. soldiers died taking…

Africa: Tomorrow’s Battlefield

The Afro-Middle East Centre hosted seminar entitled ‘Tomorrow’s Battlefield: US proxy Wars and Secret Ops in Africa’ by Nick Turse, at the University of Johannesburg, on the 2 February 2016. The seminar was about his reporting on the US military’s expansion into Africa and the proliferation of its secret missions on the continent. Turse’s reporting…

Africa and the Ever-Expanding ‘War on Terror’

In the shadows, the U.S. special operations war on “terrorists” keeps on expanding around the globe, now reaching into Africa where few detectable American “interests” exist. Jonathan Marshall If national-security reporters are ever replaced by robots writing boilerplate stories, blame it on the fact that U.S. military policy has become so predictable and repetitive. Consider…

Pentagon Explanations for Niger Operations Cannot Conceal Strategic Interests

Abayomi Azikiwe Internationalist 360° Almost on a daily basis the recounting of circumstances involving the killings of four United States Green Berets in the West African state of Niger has shifted. Even senior members of the Senate have stated that they had no idea that Pentagon troops were conducting offensive operations in the country. Niger,…