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Washington’s Wars
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Washington’s Wars
November 22, 2017

The marching bands play on, although often the buglers play ‘Taps’ at military funerals, and most American citizens seem content to accept expansion of Washington’s wars, which will continue to destabilise the regions in which they are waged.

Why Niger Proves America’s Counterterrorism Tactics Are Failing
November 13, 2017

The United States cannot do much capacity building in nations such as Niger. The country’s military forces will fight ISIS once they have a firsthand experience of what that is like, in their own ways.

Why Niger Proves America’s Counterterrorism Tactics Are Failing
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The Toxic Mix of AFRICOM and Human Terrain Operations
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The Toxic Mix of AFRICOM and Human Terrain Operations
October 31, 2017

There is every indication that what transpired near the village of Tongo Tongo in Niger was the result of a decision by the Trump administration to bolster the costly and dubious Pentagon program called the Human Terrain System.

Islamic State Eyes North Africa: Hot Issue on Global Agenda
April 10, 2017

The Islamic State (IS) fighters are trying to flee Mosul. No doubt, the US-supported Iraqi forces will establish control over the city pretty soon. At first, IS militants will leave Iraq for the province of Deir-ez-Zor, Syria, to intensify fighting there. But with Syria no longer a safe haven, they’ll have to move elsewhere looking for weak points, like the countries of Maghreb…

Islamic State Eyes North Africa: Hot Issue on Global Agenda
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Famine-Stricken Niger Feeds French Development and Wealth
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Famine-Stricken Niger Feeds French Development and Wealth
November 14, 2013

…Some 80 per cent of France’s national energy supply is derived from nuclear power generated at 59 plants operated by state-owned Electricite de France. About one-third of France’s total annual supply of uranium ore for its power stations is sourced from Niger. The French uranium-mining company, Areva, has mines across Niger, guarded by French Special Forces… As one million people now face starvation in Niger – the poorest country on the planet that otherwise should be one of the richest – oblivious French politicians, reclining in Elysée Palace, will no doubt be toasting their glasses of fine wine over fine food, and arrogantly chortling: «Vive La France!»

Africa: Terror Territory
June 13, 2013

Until the late 1990s, Africa was a terror-free zone. Terror raged in various places throughout the world, but the African continent was unfamiliar with this phenomenon. The situation changed in 1998 after large-scale simultaneous terrorist attacks in Kenya and Tanzania, when the U.S. embassies in both Nairobi and Dar es Salaam were attacked… Today Africa has become the main arena for international terrorism. Currently, dozens of large international terrorist organizations are active there… The beginning of 2013 was marked by an increase in the activity of terrorist groups in Africa. Recent weeks have brought news of more and more new terrorist attacks…

Africa: Terror Territory
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Obama’s Military Presence in Niger: Uranium Control and Tuareg Suppression
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Obama’s Military Presence in Niger: Uranium Control and Tuareg Suppression
March 1, 2013

President Obama’s military incursion into Niger, ostensibly to establish a drone base to counter «Al Qaeda» and other Islamist guerrilla activity in neighboring Mali, has little to do with counter-insurgency and everything to do with establishing U.S. control over Niger’s uranium and other natural resources output and suppressing its native Tuareg population from seeking autonomy with their kin in northern Mali and Algeria. The new drone base is initially located in the capital of Niamey and will later be moved to a forward operating location expected to be located in Agadez in the heart of Tuareg Niger…