PEARLS OF THE DEEP
‘Captain Philips’ Pirate Says Jailers Have Ruined His Smile
A LITERAL QUAGMIRE
To Ambush U.S. Green Berets, Al Shabaab Diverted a River
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.
BAD INTEL, BAD JUDGMENT
New Evidence About Alleged U.S. Massacre in Somalia
A series of incidents involving Special Operations Forces in Africa raises questions about oversight, effectiveness, and whether a coherent strategy exists at all.
OUT OF CONTROL
Strong Evidence of a U.S. Special Operations Forces Massacre
An investigation by The Daily Beast on the ground in Somalia appears to confirm that American soldiers were involved directly in the deaths of 10 innocent civilians.