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Leid Stories—Ambush in Niger: We Demand Truth! (Part 2)—10.24.17

We return to yesterday’s discussion that raised questions about the U.S. increased military presence in Africa—both in terms of personnel and military installations. The Oct. 4 ambush of four special-operations troops in Niger has raised questions in Congress about “shadow” military operations in that and several other African countries that few in Congress seem to know anything about. Meanwhile, as …

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Nick Turse – Breaking the Camouflage Wall of Silence

It’s rare to hear one top military commander publicly badmouth another, call attention to his faults, or simply point out his shortcomings. Despite a seemingly endless supply of debacles from strategic setbacks to quagmire conflicts since 9/11, the top brass rarely criticize each other or, even in retirement, utter a word about the failings of their predecessors or successors.  Think …

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Nick Turse – America’s Secret African Drone War Against the Islamic State

On October 7th, at an “undisclosed location” somewhere in “Southwest Asia,” men wearing different types of camouflage and dun-colored boots gathered before a black backdrop adorned with Arabic script.  They were attending a ceremony that mixed solemnity with celebration, the commemoration of a year of combat that left scores of their enemies slain.  One of their leaders spoke of comraderie …

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Sex, Drugs, and Dead Soldiers : What U.S. Africa Command Doesn’t Want You to Know – Nick Turse

Six people lay lifeless in the filthy brown water. It was 5:09 a.m. when their Toyota Land Cruiser plunged off a bridge in the West African country of Mali.  For about two seconds, the SUV sailed through the air, pirouetting 180 degrees as it plunged 70 feet, crashing into the Niger River. Three of the dead were American commandos.  The …

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2044 or Bust

For three days, wearing a kaleidoscope of camouflage patterns, they huddled together on a military base in Florida. They came from U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) and U.S. Army Special Operations Command, from France and Norway, from Denmark, Germany, and Canada: 13 nations in all. They came to plan a years-long “Special Operations-centric” military campaign supported by conventional forces, a …