Nick Turse

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015
The US Military's Battlefield of Tomorrow
For three days, wearing a kaleidoscope of camouflage patterns, they huddled together on a military base in Florida. They came from U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) and U.S. Army Special Operations Command, from France and Norway, from Denmark, Germany, and Canada: 13 nations in all. They...
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Tuesday, January 20, 2015
The Golden Age of Black Ops: Special Ops Missions Already in 105 Countries in 2015
In the dead of night, they swept in aboard V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft. Landing in a remote region of one of the most volatile countries on the planet, they raided a village and soon found themselves in a life-or-death firefight. It was the second time in two weeks that elite U.S. Navy SEALs...
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Thursday, November 20, 2014
A US Base Camp, an Authoritarian Regime, and the Future of U.S. Blowback in Africa
Admit it. You don’t know where Chad is. You know it’s in Africa, of course. But beyond that? Maybe with a map of the continent and by some process of elimination you could come close. But you’d probably pick Sudan or maybe the Central African Republic. Here’s a tip. In the future, choose that vast...
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Tuesday, November 18, 2014
RoboCop, Detroit, and the Rise of Our Contemporary Dystopia
It was July 1987 and I found myself in a cool, dark, completely packed movie theater, perched on the edge of my seat. The crowd was raucous, the mood electric. That night, I didn’t care about popcorn or soda or candy. I was still in grammar school. I had never seen an R-rated movie in the flesh...
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Thursday, September 25, 2014
American "Success" and the Rise of West African Piracy
“The Gulf of Guinea is the most insecure waterway, globally,” says Loic Moudouma . And he should know. Trained at the U.S. Naval War College, the lead maritime security expert of the Economic Community of Central African States, and a Gabonese Navy commander, his focus has been piracy and maritime...
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Monday, September 08, 2014
How Not to Win Hearts and Minds in Africa
[ This story was reported in partnership with the Investigative Fund at the Nation Institute. Additional funding was provided through the generosity of Adelaide Gomer. ] DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania -- Movie night in Mouloud, Djibouti. Skype lessons in Ethiopia. Veterinary training assistance in Garissa...
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Thursday, August 07, 2014
As a Man-Made Famine Looms, Christmas Comes Early to South Sudan
[ This story was reported in partnership with the Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute. Additional funding was provided through the generosity of Adelaide Gomer. ] Juba, South Sudan -- The soft glow of the dancing white lights is a dead giveaway. It’s Christmas in July at the U.S. Embassy...
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A man provides a fingerprint in Jonglei, South Sudan to show he has received sorghum, oil, and lentils in exchange for road construction work as part of the Catholic Relief Services led Jonglei Food Security Program. (Photo: flickr/USAID) Views
Thursday, July 31, 2014
China, America, and a New Cold War in Africa?
[ This story was reported in partnership with the Investigative Fund at the Nation Institute. Additional funding was provided through the generosity of Adelaide Gomer. ] Juba, South Sudan -- Is this country the first hot battlefield in a new cold war? Is the conflict tearing this new nation apart...
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Thursday, May 15, 2014
How "Benghazi" Birthed the New Normal in Africa
What is Operation New Normal? It’s a question without an answer, a riddle the U.S. military refuses to solve. It’s a secret operation in Africa that no one knows anything about. Except that someone does. His name is Lieutenant Colonel Robert E. Lee Magee. He lives and breathes Operation New Normal...
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Ever since the U.S. helped oust dictator Muammar Gaddafi, writes Turse, Libya has been sliding into increasing chaos. (GeoNova maps) Views
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
The Pentagon, Libya, and Tomorrow's Blowback Today
Is the U.S. secretly training Libyan militiamen in the Canary Islands? And if not, are they planning to? That’s what I asked a spokesman for U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM). “I am surprised by your mentioning the Canary Islands,” he responded by email. “I have not heard this before, and wonder where...
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