Category Mali

Soldier In Bloody Niger Mission Had Warned Of Gaps, Defense Officials Say

Soldier in Bloody Niger Mission Had Warned of Gaps, Defense Officials Say By Eric Schmitt, Helene Cooper, Thomas Gibbons-neff, View Original March 19th, 2018 WASHINGTON — The leader of an ill-fated team of American soldiers in Niger last fall warned before the mission that his troops did not have the equipment or intelligence necessary to carry out a kill-or-capture raid […]

U.S. Kept Silent About Its Role in Another Firefight in Niger

Excerpts: The Pentagon appears ready to scale back military operations in West Africa even further. A draft of the investigation, parts of which were described to The Times in February, called for the military to reduce the number of ground missions, and to strip commanders in the field of some authority to send troops on […]

Militants Release Propaganda Video Of Deadly Niger Ambush

Excerpts: “We don’t know exactly where we’re at in the world militarily and what we’re doing,” Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” after the attack. There are about 800 American troops in Niger.   AFRICOM, expected to wrap up its investigation in the coming weeks, condemned the video.   “The release […]

Threat Assessment #Fail: al-Qaeda Quietly Growing, By Design

Conclusion: A critical concern for the coming year is that terrorists could export battlefield tactics to populated urban centers far from war zones. Examples of this include ISIS’s use of drones for attacks and the potential for chemical weapons attacks. So when I look at the threat picture over the next year, I see one […]

Inside France’s Secret War Against Jihadists Of Mali

Inside France’s Secret War Against Jihadists Of Mali By Alidad Vassigh, View Original February 12th, 2018 BANDIAGARA — The Twin Otter plane flies full speed over the battlefield, though low enough to almost scrape the tops of acacia trees. At one point its wingtips seem dangerously close to smashing into the jagged cliffs. But there’s a reason […]

Inquiry Of Soldiers’ Deaths Urges Curtailing West Africa Missions

Inquiry of Soldiers’ Deaths Urges Curtailing West Africa Missions By Thomas Gibbons-neff,  Helene Cooper, Eric Schmitt, View Original February 10th, 2018 Army soldiers carry the coffin of Staff Sgt. Dustin Wright of Lyons, Ga., who was killed by extremists in an Oct. 4 ambush in Niger. A Pentagon investigation has recommended scaling back West Africa missions like the […]

Project Maven Brings AI To The Fight Against ISIS

Project Maven brings AI to the fight against ISIS · by Gregory C. Allen · December 21, 2017 Maven is designed to be that pilot project, that pathfinder, that spark that kindles the flame front of artificial intelligence across the rest of the [Defense] Department. Air Force Lt. Gen. Jack Shanahan, November 2017 For years, the Defense Department’s most […]

How ISIS Members Fled The Caliphate, Perhaps To Fight Another Day

How ISIS Members Fled The Caliphate, Perhaps To Fight Another Day By Yusuf Sayman, View Original December 19th, 2017 SANLIURFA, Turkey — A notorious Australian jihadi left the ISIS caliphate this summer and crossed the Syrian border into Turkey. With him was a well-connected Syrian doctor who’d overseen medical facilities in the ISIS capital of Raqqa. […]

U.S. Gen. Reins In Special Operations Forces In Africa After Niger Deaths And Daily Beast Investigations

Excerpt: For the time being, the SOCAFRICA-wide letter sent by Maj. Gen. Hicks suggests that across the continent U.S. forces under his command will be dialing back special operations in countries like Somalia. “I have and will always backed you up [sic], but I cannot afford to be wrong about how well we conduct operations,” […]

Inside The Botched Raid That Left Four U.S. Soldiers Dead In Niger

The comments highlighted in blue below are by/from Col. (Ret.) David Maxwell, and his contact info is at the bottom of this page.  RCP, David Maxwell’s Comments:  From Buzzfeed.   “A lot of speculation in this to include from sources that may not really be able to offer credible assessments.  But I would really […]