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US Africa Command

On Not Noticing America's Empire of Bases

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 06.15.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Really, you didn't hear a peep about all those bases? If you don't get the way this country has garrisoned the planet, if you never notice its empire of bases, there is no way to grasp its imperial nature, which perhaps is the point.

The U.S. Military Behaving Badly in Africa

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 06.21.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) went out of its way to obstruct reporting on its sex scandals, and the documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act were so heavily redacted that ink companies must be making a fortune.

Sex, Drugs, and Dead Soldiers

Nick Turse | Posted 06.21.2015 | Politics
Nick Turse

For years, as U.S. military personnel moved into Africa in ever-increasing numbers, AFRICOM has effectively downplayed, disguised, or covered-up almost every aspect of its operations, from the locations of its troop deployments to those of its expanding string of outposts.

The Outpost That Doesn't Exist in the Country You Can't Locate

Nick Turse | Posted 01.20.2015 | Politics
Nick Turse

In its shadowy "pivot" to Africa, the U.S. military has compiled a record remarkably low on successes and high on blowback. Is it time to add Chad to this growing list?

AFRICOM Goes to War on the Sly

Nick Turse | Posted 06.14.2014 | Politics
Nick Turse

What the military will say to a reporter and what is said behind closed doors are two very different things -- especially when it comes to the U.S. military in Africa.

The Terror Diaspora

Nick Turse | Posted 08.18.2013 | World
Nick Turse

Ten years after Washington began pouring taxpayer dollars into counterterrorism and stability efforts across Africa, the continent has experienced profound changes, just not those the U.S. sought.

David Wood

Al Qaeda Militias In North Africa Thriving On Looted Libyan Arms, Officials Say | David Wood | Posted 02.21.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- An unchecked flood of weapons out of Libya, including thousands of shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles, is providing new firepower to ...

America Should Stay Out of Africa

Sarwar Kashmeri | Posted 04.10.2013 | World
Sarwar Kashmeri

France will shortly be engaged in rebuilding Mali, a country twice the size of Texas. Does the U.S. really want to join in another nation-building exercise, in a Muslim country, on a continent where Americans are not welcome?

U.S. Special Forces Free Hostages In Daring Nighttime Raid


MOGADISHU, Somalia -- U.S. Navy SEALs parachuted into Somalia under cover of darkness early Wednesday and crept up to an outdoor camp where an America...

Andrea Stone

Congressman Sees U.S. Threat In Nigerian Terrorist Attacks | Andrea Stone | Posted 11.30.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Few terrorism experts would deny that a radical Islamist sect that has made a series of increasingly audacious attacks in Nigeria, inclu...

Bwana Uncle Sam

Eric Margolis | Posted 12.31.2011 | World
Eric Margolis

Having finished off former ally Muammar Gaddafi, the Pentagon, its new Africa Command, and CIA are now focusing on East Africa. In fact, Africa is hot.

Happy Birthday, AFRICOM!

Brian Palmer | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Brian Palmer

Unbeknown to most Americans, the Departments of Defense and State maintain a wide web of military programs across Africa. Collectively, they fall under the jurisdiction of AFRICOM.