Nick Turse

Nick Turse

Nick Turse is the associate editor of TomDispatch.com. His latest book is "Next Time They’ll Come to Count the Dead: War and Survival in South Sudan" (2016). He is the author/editor of several other books, including: "Tomorrow's Battlefield: U.S. Proxy Wars and Secret Ops in Africa"  (2015); "Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam" (2013);  "The Changing Face of Empire: Special Ops, Drones, Spies, Proxy Fighters, Secret Bases, and Cyber Warfare" (2012); "Terminator Planet: The First History of Drone Warfare, 2001-2050" (2012 with Tom Engelhardt); "The Complex: How the Military Invades Our Everyday Lives" (2009); and "The Case for Withdrawal from Afghanistan" (2010). Turse is currently a fellow at Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute. His website is Nick Turse.com. You can follow him on Twitter @NickTurse, on Tumblr, or Facebook.

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Tuesday, September 04, 2012
Afghanistan’s Base Bonanza
Afghanistan may turn out to be one of the great misbegotten “stimulus packages” of the modern era, a construction boom in the middle of nowhere with materials largely shipped in at enormous expense to no lasting purpose whatsoever. With the U.S.
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Thursday, August 09, 2012
Tomorrow's Blowback Today?
In the 1980s, the U.S. government began funneling aid to mujahedeen rebels in Afghanistan as part of an American proxy war against the Soviet Union. It was, in the minds of America’s Cold War leaders, a rare chance to bloody the Soviets, to give them a taste of the sort of defeat the Vietnamese, with Soviet help, had inflicted on Washington the decade before.
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Thursday, July 26, 2012
The Nature of the US Military Presence in Africa: An Exchange
On July 12th, TomDispatch posted the latest piece in Nick Turse’s “changing face of empire" series: “ Obama’s Scramble for Africa .” It laid out in some detail the way in which the U.S.
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Thursday, July 12, 2012
America's Shadow Wars in Africa
They call it the New Spice Route, an homage to the medieval trade network that connected Europe, Africa, and Asia, even if today’s “spice road” has nothing to do with cinnamon, cloves, or silks. Instead, it’s a superpower’s superhighway, on which trucks and ships shuttle fuel, food, and military equipment through a growing maritime and ground transportation infrastructure to a network of supply depots, tiny camps, and airfields meant to service a fast-growing U.S.
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Thursday, June 14, 2012
The New Obama Doctrine, A Six-Point Plan for Global War
It looked like a scene out of a Hollywood movie. In the inky darkness, men in full combat gear, armed with automatic weapons and wearing night-vision goggles, grabbed hold of a thick, woven cable hanging from a MH-47 Chinook helicopter. Then, in a flash, each “fast-roped” down onto a ship below. Afterward, “Mike,” a Navy SEAL who would not give his last name, bragged to an Army public affairs sergeant that, when they were on their game, the SEALs could put 15 men on a ship this way in 30 seconds or less.
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Thursday, May 31, 2012
Terminator Planet: A Drone-Eat-Drone World
The following is an adapted excerpt from the newly released book, Terminator Planet: The First History of Drone Warfare, 2001-2050 (co-authored by Tom Engelhardt), and re-printed here with permission.
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Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Vietnam, Afghanistan, and The Pentagon's Memory Failure
Recently, after insurgents unleashed sophisticated, synchronized attacks across Afghanistan involving dozens of fighters armed with suicide vests, rocket-propelled grenades, and small arms, as well as car bombs, the Pentagon was quick to emphasize what hadn’t happened. “I’m not minimizing the seriousness of this, but this was in no way akin to the Tet Offensive,” said George Little, the Pentagon’s top spokesman. “We are looking at suicide bombers, RPG [rocket p
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Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Blown Away: How the US Fanned the Flames in Afghanistan
Is it all over but the (anti-American) shouting -- and the killing? Are the exits finally coming into view?
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Monday, February 13, 2012
Prisons, Drones, and Black Ops in Afghanistan
In late December, the lot was just a big blank: a few burgundy metal shipping containers sitting in an expanse of crushed eggshell-colored gravel inside a razor-wire-topped fence. The American military in Afghanistan doesn’t want to talk about it, but one day soon, it will be a new hub for the American drone war in the Greater Middle East.
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Monday, January 16, 2012
The Crash and Burn Future of Robot Warfare
American fighter jets screamed over the Iraqi countryside heading for the MQ-1 Predator drone, while its crew in California stood by helplessly. What had begun as an ordinary reconnaissance mission was now taking a ruinous turn. In an instant, the jets attacked and then it was all over. The Predator, one of the Air Force’s workhorse hunter/killer robots, had been obliterated.
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