Category North Africa

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 […]

Clandestine Cold War Unit Honored At Fort Bragg

Special Forces Berlin: Clandestine Cold War Operations of the US Army’s Elite 1956-1990 by James Stejskal. Available at Amazon here. David Maxwell’s review, “DET-A”: Applied Unconventional Warfare In Berlin and Beyond in the Cold War, is here. Clandestine Cold War unit honored at Fort Bragg fayobserver.com · by Drew Brooks http://www.fayobserver.com/news/20180416/clandestine-cold-war-unit-honored-at-fort-bragg Drew Brooks Military editor @DrewBrooksNot quite a year after the Berlin […]

Punishment Or Provocation? Echoes From El Dorado Canyon

Punishment or Provocation? Echoes from El Dorado Canyon thestrategybridge.org · 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 […]

Helena’s Fearsome Force: Friday Marks 75 Years Since The ‘Devil’s Brigade’ Deployed To WWII

Helena’s Fearsome Force: Friday marks 75 years since the ‘Devil’s Brigade’ deployed to WWII helenair.com · by THOMAS PLANK thomas.plank@helenair.com · April 6, 2018 It’s been 75 years since one of the world’s most dangerous special forces marched through the middle of Helena en route to a war that would shift the world in a tectonic way. Most of […]

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 […]

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 […]

China To Build More Naval Bases To Augment The Maritime Part Of Their Belt-And-Road Strategy

More support bases to be built to assist PLA Navy: analyst By Yang Sheng Global Times 2018/2/12 http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1089427.shtml It is reasonable and necessary for China to strengthen its maritime power as it is becoming stronger, Chinese experts said after People’s Daily published three articles on a whole page to emphasize the importance of building China […]

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, www.nytimes.com 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 […]

First Assad, Then the World: Al Qaida’s Strategy In Syria

First Assad, Then the World: Al Qaida’s Strategy in Syria thecipherbrief.com · by | Bennett Seftel · February 6, 2018 Bottom Line: While ISIS’s territory has dwindled, al Qaida has managed to build a strong following in Syria, and may use the civil-war-torn country as a base from which to target the West. The group has evolved into the […]

The Problem With South Korea (Yes, South Korea)

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, fortunascorner.com   David Maxwell Comment:  I do hope this gets read by some in the Administration.  B.R. Myers covers a lot of ground in this relatively short Q&A.  Note the comments […]