Category North Africa

Chinese Shipping Giants Seek Control Of ‘Maritime Silk Road;’ Investing Billions In Foreign Ports To Give Priority To Chinese Vessels

Following Mahan’s playbook?  RCP https://www.wsj.com/articles/chinese-shipping-giants-seek-control-of-maritime-silk-road-1491557405 Chinese Shipping Giants Seek Control of ‘Maritime Silk Road’ Companies Investing Billions In Ports To Give Priority To Chinese Vessels     Chinese President Xi Jinping (L, front) and his Sri Lankan counterpart Mahinda Rajapaksa at a 2014 ribbon-cutting ceremony marking the inauguration of the Colombo Port City Project. PHOTO: LI TAO/ZUMA […]

Two Articles/Studies: ‘Iran’s Assad Regime;’ & ‘The Pitfalls Of Relying On Kurdish Forces To Counter ISJIS’

Iran’s Assad Regime The Pitfalls of Relying on Kurdish Forces to Counter ISIS_ Both studies were produced by the Institute For The Study Of War; and can be accessed at the links provided above.  V/R, RCP

Osama bin Laden’s Files: AQIM Commander Recommended Training Boko Haram’s Members

Osama bin Laden’s Files: AQIM Commander Recommended Training Boko Haram’s Members By Thomas Joscelyn, www.longwarjournal.org View Original February 18th, 2017 On Jan. 19, the Office of Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) released 49 documents recovered in Osama bin Laden’s compound. To date, only a few hundred documents from bin Laden’s massive cache have been declassified. Still, the […]

Detachment A: Clandestine Special Forces Missions From Berlin To Iran

Detachment A: Clandestine Special Forces Missions From Berlin To Iran By Det-a Book Authors, www.detachment-a.org View Original February 6th, 2017 It was the early 1970’s, at Andrews Barracks in Berlin, where a stern looking Special Forces Sergeant Major paced down the hallway for roll call. Daily army accountability formations are normally held outside, but due to the […]

How The Next President Can Confront The North Korean Threat

How The Next President Can Confront The North Korean Threat freekorea.us · by Joshua · October 6, 2016 Just over two years ago, I wrote about the conflict between Americans’ apparent impulse for a more passive foreign policy and their strong disapproval what that policy looks like in practice. In other words, Americans’ views on foreign policy are seldom […]

In Africa, The U.S. Military Sees Enemies Everywhere

  https://theintercept.com/2016/07/11/in-africa-u-s-military-sees-enemies-everywhere/?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Defense%20EBB%2007-12-16&utm_term=Editorial%20-%20Early%20Bird%20Brief Photo: U.S. Africa Command IN AFRICA, THE U.S. MILITARY SEES ENEMIES EVERYWHERE Nick Turse July 11 2016, 10:03 a.m. FROM EAST TO WEST across Africa, 1,700 Navy SEALs, Army Green Berets, and other military personnel are carrying out 78 distinct “mission sets” in more than 20 nations, according to documents obtained by The Intercept via the Freedom […]

Putin’s China Visit To Give Powerful Impetus To Russian-Chinese Strategic Partnership – Lavrov

May 31, 2016 10:26   Putin’s China Visit To Give Powerful Impetus To Russian-Chinese Strategic Partnership – Lavrov MOSCOW. May 31 (Interfax) – Russia is convinced that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to China will help further bolster the two countries’ partnership, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said. “We are convinced that President Putin’s upcoming […]

Boko Haram And ISIS Are Collaborating More, U.S. Military Says

Excerpt: The exchange highlighted a central quandary of President Obama’s efforts to rein in the spread of Islamic extremism in Africa. In recent years, the continent has increasingly become a battleground in the West’s war against militant Islam. Administration officials insist that the increased influence of groups like Boko Haram, and now the Islamic State, […]

China Military To Set Up First Overseas Base In Horn of Africa

Financial times March 31, 2016 5:27 pm China Military To Set Up First Overseas Base In Horn of Africa Katrina Manson in Djibouti ©Nichole Sobecki A suburb of Djibouti City   China is set to install “a few thousand” troops and staff at its first ever overseas military base, the first permanent overseas deployment by […]

Why The United States Needs AFRICOM

Excerpt: Africa is mosaic of nations crisscrossed with conflicts. It is home to extraordinary natural resources and an exploding, often unruly youth population. Many nations lack economic freedom, a strong civil society and adequate public safety. That mixture makes for a wicked cocktail. Moreover, China, Russia and India have so dramatically increased their involvement on […]