BY NICK TURSE, SAM MEDNICK, AND AMANDA SPERBER | Mail & Guardian
United States Special Operations forces (SOF) — including Navy SEALs, Army Green Berets and Marine Corps Raiders — are the US military’s most highly trained soldiers, specialising in counterterrorism, counter-insurgency, and “direct action” combat raids, among other missions. Their operations are shrouded in secrecy.
Continue reading “Inside the Secret World of US Commandos in Africa”
by JOE EMERSBERGER | Counter Punch
Joe Emersberger interviewed Justin Podur regarding his new book about a conflict few understand thanks to, among other things, “Africanist” scholars.
Continue reading “America’s Wars on Democracy in Rwanda and the DR Congo – CounterPunch.org”
By STAFF SGT. FLOR GONZALEZ, U.S. Africa Command
U.S. Navy Command Master Chief Ryan P. Burton, U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) acting command senior enlisted leader, met with the Senegal Chief of Defense Lt. Gen. Birame Diop, his staff, and Senegalese command senior enlisted leaders Jan. 22-23, in Dakar City, Senegal.
Continue reading “U.S. Africa Command continues to develop Senegal’s Enlisted Development Strategy”
BY ADM. JAMES FOGGO III : COMMANDER, US NAVAL FORCES EUROPE/AFRICA
Russia and China want to leverage Africa’s people and resources. U.S. Naval Forces Africa aspires to work with African partners to bring about a secure and prosperous continent.
No less than Europe and the Pacific, Africa is caught up in the great power competition described in the 2018 National Defense Strategy. As Russia and China intensify their efforts to leverage Africa’s people and resources, the continent’s future lies in the balance, with direct impact on both global and American security.
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The United States Air Force (USAF) has started limited flights from newly constructed facilities at Air Base 201 in Niger, which will later be used to carry out armed and unarmed unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) missions in the region.
The USAF said limited, visual flight rule (VFR), operations were authorised by the US Air Force and Nigerien Civil Aviation Authority (ANAC) from 1 August.
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By KAJ LARSEN
On Thursday, August 15, the international terrorist group Boko Haram attacked a military base and community in Nigeria, killing three soldiers. This comes on the heels of an even deadlier attack three weeks ago, when armed members of the group rode motorcycles into a funeral in northern Nigeria and opened fire on the procession, killing 65 mourners.
Continue reading “The U.S. Must Remain in Africa’s Fight against Boko Haram”
By Nick Turse
THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION and the Pentagon have repeatedly warned that China and Russia are expanding their influence across Africa, where the two longtime American adversaries “interfere with U.S. military operations and pose a significant threat to U.S. national security interests,” national security adviser John Bolton said last December. Continue reading “U.S. GENERALS WORRY ABOUT RISING RUSSIAN AND CHINESE INFLUENCE IN AFRICA, DOCUMENTS SHOW”
By Thomas Gibbons-Neff
For nearly two years, a deadly ambush of American soldiers in Niger has spawned investigations, recriminations and reprimands. On Wednesday, it resulted in the awarding of one of the military’s highest honors for acts of valor.
As an Army captain read the award citation for Staff Sgt. Dustin M. Wright, the lights flickered and a summer storm rolled through this small southern Georgia town. A general spoke about the definition of a hero, and then Sergeant Wright’s father cleared his throat, gestured to the two photographs beside him and said, “This is my son.” Continue reading “Special Forces Sergeant, Killed in Niger Ambush, Is Awarded a Silver Star”
By Stephen Losey
Army Gen. Stephen Townsend, the new commander of U.S. Africa Command, visited Somalia on Wednesday and pledged to continue pressuring violent extremists such as al-Shabab.
Townsend is now on his first trip to the African continent since he took charge of AFRICOM July 26. He met with Somali Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khayre in the capital city of Mogadishu, as well as U.S. Ambassador Donald Yamamoto and senior Somali military leadership, AFRICOM said in a release. Continue reading “New head of AFRICOM visits Somalia as pressure on al-Shabab increases”
Satellite imagery shows the U.S. military is building a new approximately 20,800-square foot hangar along with its own 100,000-square foot apron and associated taxiway at its new air base outside of the city of Agadez in central Niger. The American facilities in Agadez, which will form an important regional hub for U.S. military operations in Northwest Africa, have been actively under construction since 2016. The new runway, while complete, isn’t slated to open for actual operations until some time this fall. Continue reading “The Air Force’s New Base In Niger Is Getting A Major Addition Before It Even Opens”