Revealed: The U.S. military's 36 code-named operations in Africa

We cannot possibly be as ‘broke’ as we’re told we are when it comes to having affordable and ‘adequate’ healthcare coverage thru MFA if we can afford 36 more ‘conflicts’ on the other side of the planet. And of course, we’ve gone in guns a’blazing. Like we always do.

Revealed: The U.S. military's 36 code-named operations in Africa

Many Americans first became aware of U.S. military operations in Africa in October 2017, after the Islamic State ambushed American troops near Tongo Tongo, Niger, killing four U.S. soldiers and wounding two others.

Just after the attack, U.S. Africa Command said U.S. troops were providing “advice and assistance” to local counterparts. Later, it would become clear that those troops — the 11-man Operational Detachment-Alpha Team 3212 — were working out of the town of Oullam with a larger Nigerian force under the umbrella of Operation Juniper Shield, a wide-ranging counterterrorism effort in northwest Africa.

Until poor weather prevented it, that team was supposed to lend support to another group of American commandos who were trying to kill or capture Islamic State leader Doundoun Cheffou as part of Obsidian Nomad II.

Juniper Shield and Obsidian Nomad II were not isolated efforts but part of a panoply of named military operations and activities U.S. forces have been conducting from dozens of bases across the northern tier of Africa. Many of these operations are taking place in countries that the U.S. government does not recognize as combat zones, but in which U.S. troops are nonetheless fighting and, in several cases, taking casualties.

Between 2013 and 2017, U.S. special operations forces saw combat in at least 13 African countries, according to retired Army Brig. Gen. Don Bolduc, who served at U.S. Africa Command from 2013 to 2015 and then headed Special Operations Command Africa until 2017. Those countries, according to Bolduc, are Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Somalia, South Sudan and Tunisia. He added that U.S. troops have been killed or wounded in action in at least six of them: Kenya, Libya, Niger, Somalia, South Sudan and Tunisia.

Yahoo News has put together a list of three dozen such operations across the continent.


The ‘bases and their usage and locations are listened after the map illustration. The United States is killing more people in more nations than any other. We might not be doing it with multiple casualty attacks on school buses full of children, like the Saudis do. Besides Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria, we have these ‘other’ conflicts that require us to go in and ‘deal’ with anyone who doesn’t automatically jump when we say jump. Or a group who might want to overthrow an oppressive regime or ruler who just happens to be one of our ‘allies’.

P.S. look at the dates. Most of this began or happened under old Hopey-Changey. The guy that gave bankers cover and bonuses while giving WIC and HEADSTART families Austerity. Obama is as bloodthirsty and cruel as Putin is. Or the Saudi Crown Prince. He just has better PR.

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ggersh's picture

why I bring this here, are the years in which the
story covers, it also begins in the empty suit era

The Department of Defense Inspector General identified 8 substantiated violations of whistleblower confidentiality between fiscal years 2013 and 2018, representing approximately .01 percent of the 95,613 contacts handled by the Inspector General during that time….

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trump amerika's last president

Caitlin Johnstone

Anyone who's sure they know what humanity is and where we're headed is suffering from a psilocybin deficiency.

in them there's Somali ocean beds...Only terrorists stand in our way to get at it!

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mimi's picture

hopey changey times.

Revealed: .S. military's 36 code-named operations in Africa
My former husband was in at least six of the countries (working and visiting) and from the little I could understand way back in the eighties and nineties, there were 'relations' of the 'quiet military style'. I can't really comment to that as I don't have links to show for or information that would qualify to be posted, but I know somehow ... hmmm.-- in a way that is not adequate.

This is hard to read for the lack of formatting, but you can dig through it if you like.
FACT SHEET: U.S.-Africa Relations Chronology

Thanks for posting this article from Nick Turse and D. Naylor. It has lots of information one should be aware of. Thank God for people like Nick Turse.

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lotlizard's picture

where he praised young people for demanding more be done about global warming.

Young people are a lot easier audience to play to — they don’t remember how Hopey-Changey actually handled things, like Deepwater Horizon, the BP oil drilling catastrophe in the Gulf that happened on his watch.

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