Category Africa

Everything You Need To Know About The Weapons China Sells To Africa A pledge by officials to boost defence ties at a high-level security forum would come on top of a 55 per cent jump in five-year arms sales by China to Africa PUBLISHED : Sunday, 08 July, 2018, 10:32am UPDATED : Sunday, 08 July, 2018, 10:32am Lee Jeong-ho When defence officials from China and the […]

Behind The Secret U.S. War In Africa

The comment highlighted in blue below is by/from Col (Ret.) David Maxwell; and, his contact info is at the bottom of this page.  RCP, David Maxwell Comment:  “Programs.  Where is the campaign plan? We should not be fighting wars with programs.  We must learn to campaign to support policy and strategy.  The only mention […]

Military Cites Broad Failures In Deadly Niger Ambush, But Assigns No Direct Blame

Military Cites Broad Failures in Deadly Niger Ambush, but Assigns No Direct Blame The New York Times · by Helene Cooper, Thomas Gibbons-Neff and Eric Schmitt May 10, 2018·  WASHINGTON — A Defense Department investigation of a Special Forces mission in Niger released Thursday found widespread problems across all levels of the military operation, but concludes that […]

Statement By Pentagon Chief Spokesperson Ms. Dana W. White ONiger Investigation Report

Statement by Pentagon Chief Spokesperson Ms. Dana W. White on Niger Investigation Report 05/10/2018 10:59 AM CDT IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. NR-145-18 May 10, 2018 Statement by Pentagon Chief Spokesperson Ms. Dana W. White on Niger Investigation Report Defense Secretary James N. Mattis concluded his review of the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) investigative report on the […]

U.S. Commandos In Africa Are Told To Avoid Combat Missions Or ‘Do Not Go’

Excerpts: The narrative of what happened in the African scrub in October has shifted several times, and the investigation is expected to lay much of the blame on junior officers instead of senior commanders.   The leader of the ill-fated team of Americans soldiers in Niger had warned before the mission that his troops did not […]

Leaders Of U.S. Soldiers Killed In Niger Filed Misleading Mission Plan, Say Officials

Leaders of U.S. soldiers killed in Niger filed misleading mission plan, say officials By Ken Dilanian, Courtney Kube, View Original May 8th, 2018 From left, Staff Sgt. Bryan C. Black, Staff Sgt. Jeremiah W. Johnson, Sgt. La David Johnson and Staff Sgt. Dustin M. Wright were killed in Niger when a joint patrol of American and Niger […]

Classified Report Slams Military Over October Deaths In Niger

Classified Report Slams Military Over October Deaths in Niger Culture of excessive risk is faulted in ill-fated mission against Islamists in West Africa A team of soldiers carried the transfer case of Staff Sgt. Dustin M. Wright at Dover Air Force Base, Del., on Oct. 5. He was killed in Niger the day before. PHOTO: LANE […]

Russian ‘Blackwater,’ Russian Military Advisers “Fight For Africa” ATLAS OF THE WORLD Kremlin “Fight for Africa”. Mercenaries Prigogine now in the jungle 25 April 2018 ·        Alexander Gostev The battalion of the government army of the CAR, prepared with the help of Russian instructors Russian military instructors, advisors and mercenaries from private military companies have appeared and are already active in Central and Eastern […]

A Shadowy War’s Newest Front: A Drone Base Rising From Saharan Dust

Excerpts: Later this summer, workers will lay five inches of asphalt atop the rock bed. In all, commanders say they will pave some 39 acres of airfield. While built mainly for the Reaper drones, the runway and adjoining taxiways and ramps must be able to handle much heavier C-17 cargo planes. Three huge hangars capped […]

Punishment Or Provocation? Echoes From El Dorado Canyon

Punishment or Provocation? Echoes from El Dorado Canyon · by Blake Herzinger · April 12, 2018 “Thus conscience does make cowards of us all” —Hamlet, Act III, Scene 1 “We hope that these acts deter future acts of terrorism. One can’t know for sure that that will be the case.” —Robert B. Sims, Pentagon Spokesperson, 17 April […]