Nick Turse

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Thursday, June 23, 2016 - 12:15pm
Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics... and U.S. Africa Command
General David Rodriguez might be a modern military celebrity -- if he hadn’t spent his career ducking the spotlight. After graduating from West Point in 1976, he began his long march up the chain of command, serving in Operation Just Cause (the U.S. invasion of Panama) and Operation Desert Storm (...
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Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 10:00am
Donald Trump Strikes Fear... Even in South Sudan
LEER, South Sudan -- I’m sitting in the dark, sweating. The blinding white sun has long since set, but it’s still in the high 90s, which is a relief since it was above 110 earlier. Slumped in a blue plastic chair, I’m thinking back on the day, trying to process everything I saw, the people I spoke...
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Friday, January 22, 2016 - 8:30am
How to Succeed at Failing in Iraq, Pentagon-Style
There’s good news coming out of Iraq... again. The efforts of a 65-nation coalition and punishing U.S. airstrikes have helped local ground forces roll back gains by the Islamic State (IS). Government forces and Shiite militias, for example, recaptured the city of Tikrit, while Kurdish troops ousted...
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Thursday, December 17, 2015 - 10:00am
America’s Secret African Drone War Against the Islamic State
On October 7th, at an “undisclosed location” somewhere in “Southwest Asia,” men wearing different types of camouflage and dun-colored boots gathered before a black backdrop adorned with Arabic script. They were attending a ceremony that mixed solemnity with celebration, the commemoration of a year...
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Wednesday, December 9, 2015 - 8:30am
The Islamic State, America, and a History of Violence
In the muddled midst of last week’s mass killing in San Bernardino, California, a few words skittering across my Twitter feed gave me pause. “On this awful shooting: Is U.S. culture evil? Enemy of our civilization? Must all Americans apologize? Should we bar U.S. tourists as dangerous?” asked Simon...
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Friday, November 27, 2015 - 8:00am
America’s Empire of African Bases Spreads
In the shadows of what was once called the “dark continent," a scramble has come and gone. If you heard nothing about it, that was by design. But look hard enough and -- north to south, east to west -- you’ll find the fruits of that effort: a network of bases, compounds, and other sites whose sum...
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Friday, November 20, 2015 - 4:45pm
In Mali and Rest of Africa, the U.S. Military Fights a Hidden War
The general leading the U.S. military’s hidden war in Africa says the continent is now home to nearly 50 terrorist organizations and “illicit groups” that threaten U.S. interests. And today, gunmen reportedly yelling “Allahu Akbar” stormed the Radisson Blu hotel in Mali’s capital and seized several...
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Wednesday, November 18, 2015 - 8:45am
America's Empire of African Bases
In the shadows of what was once called the “dark continent," a scramble has come and gone. If you heard nothing about it, that was by design. But look hard enough and -- north to south, east to west -- you’ll find the fruits of that effort: a network of bases, compounds, and other sites whose sum...
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Monday, October 26, 2015 - 8:15am
Iraq, Afghanistan, and Other Special Ops "Successes"
They’re some of the best soldiers in the world: highly trained, well equipped, and experts in weapons, intelligence gathering, and battlefield medicine. They study foreign cultures and learn local languages. They’re smart, skillful, wear some very iconic headgear, and their 12-member teams are “...
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Sunday, October 11, 2015 - 2:00pm
Why Bombing the Kunduz Hospital Was Probably a War Crime
Did the U.S. military commit a war crime when it bombed a hospital in the Afghan city of Kunduz and killed at least 22 people? It’s too early for experts to say for certain, but there’s good reason to believe the attack may have violated international humanitarian law. Hospitals enjoy special...
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