Did U.S. Cover Up Massacre Before Black Hawk Down?
DEATH FROM ABOVE
Trump Ramped Up Drone Strikes in America’s Shadow Wars
PEARLS OF THE DEEP
‘Captain Philips’ Pirate Says Jailers Have Ruined His Smile
The lead hijacker of the MV Maersk Alabama—famous for his huge grin after his arrest—is suing his dentists from prison.
A LITERAL QUAGMIRE
To Ambush U.S. Green Berets, Al Shabaab Diverted a River
The Somali rebels knew where the U.S. Special Operators and their allied troops would have to deploy. By flooding terrain, they left them little choice.
Slain U.S. Soldier Was on a Mission to Take Somali Territory
This wasn’t some random firefight. The attack that killed a Green Beret occurred as U.S. forces participated in a major push to ‘liberate Somali villages from al-Shabab control.’
FOG OF WAR
A ‘Firefight’ in Somalia Exposes Weakness of Pentagon Rules
Eighteen hours before a Pentagon press conference about the Niger incident, Special Operators were in the midst of an ‘advise and assist’ mission that allegedly killed civilians.
German Nurse Kidnapped in Somalia, an Inside Job
Sonja Nientiet had worked in other war zones, including Syria. Why she was snatched, apparently by a security guard, remains unclear. The fear is that she’ll be sold to al Shabaab.
China’s Ugly Exploitation of Africa—and Africans
Beijing is often a step ahead of Washington in Africa, as Secretary of State Tillerson is likely to find out this week. But China’s not exactly winning friends.
U.S. Gen. Reins in Special Operations Forces in Africa
In a letter, the commander of U.S. Special Forces in Africa cautions them to take fewer risks, use better judgement. NCIS investigators have been called to investigate a massacre.