Category Archives: Africa

Why are drone strikes in Pakistan “ending”?

John Kerry, the U.S. secretary of state, met with his Pakistani counterpart on thursday to discuss security issues. He told Pakistani television that the U.S. would soon end drone strikes. “I believe that we’re on a good track,” he said. … Continue reading

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More on the U.S.’ latest drone outpost in Niger

The slow westward spread of the Predator Empire has settled in the capital of Niger, Niamey. The U.S. Air Force has now flown a handful of unarmed drones since February in the former French colony. While unarmed, the drones lend … Continue reading

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U.S. Drone bases in Africa mapped

Public Intelligence have constructed a map illustrating the various U.S. drone sites scattered across the African continent. A wonderful snapshot, the map is a real eye-opener, and demonstrates how quickly unmanned surveillance has spread to North and West Africa from the “Af-Pak” … Continue reading

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Confirmed: U.S. troops to construct drone base in Niger

The U.S. currently operates a medium-sized drone base in Djibouti at Camp Lemonnier, where joint Special Forces and CIA strike teams target al-Qaeda affiliates in Yemen and Somalia. This AFRICOM “footprint” is set to spread to Niger, with the construction … Continue reading

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The Predator Empire Spreads its Wings to West Africa (again)

News that U.S. Predator drones are being sent to monitor Mali should come as no surprise. Special Forces (Joint Special Operations Command) and the CIA routinely survey and strike targets in Somalia and Yemen from a nearby Djibouti base (Camp … Continue reading

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The Predator Empire Spreads its Wings to Nigeria

Leon Panetta , the current U.S. Secretary of Defense, told influential  Washington think tank ‘Center for a New American Security’ that the fight against al-Qaeda would take U.S. Special Forces and ever-more drones to geographically-dispersed regions of the planet that … Continue reading

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The Jewel in the Crown of Washington’s Permanent War: Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti

In the final of the ‘Permanent War’ series from the Washington Post, Craig Whitlock reports on the expansion of Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti, the U.S. first ‘counter-terrorism’ base, and the hub of drone operations in Somalia and Yemen. In fact, drones … Continue reading

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The U.S.’s global proxy war

Nick Turse writes on the U.S.’ funding and training of over 60 nations across the planet for ‘peace initiatives’. The military is heavily involved in partnering with local forces–especially in Africa–for counter-terrorist measures, creating a global network of proxy armies; … Continue reading

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The Lily-Pad Strategy

The U.S. military is garrisoning the planet through ever smaller, remote, and secretive bases called ‘lily pads’, according to David Vine in this TomDispatch article. Projecting power is no longer a simple matter of building huge bases–it is about scattering … Continue reading

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The U.S.’ secretive “scramble for Africa”

Nick Turse reports on the expansion of U.S. secret bases, training facilities, and airfields throughout Africa. U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) is now a key region as wars in Iraq and Afghanistan wind down. Under President Obama, operations in the continent, … Continue reading

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