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U.S. tussles with France, U.N. over counterterrorism efforts in West Africa | Foreign Policy

For the past three years the Trump administration has questioned the peacekeeping and counterterrorism mission in West Africa. The mission has been led by France and the U.N, but Trump believes an American should be in charge of the work in Mali. This has fueled suspicion that the U.S. is looking to expand their control in Africa while simultaneously slowing ... Read More »

Tillis keys in on Fort Bragg airfields after audit calls them ‘poorest infrastructure’ in Army | Fayetteville Observer

In 2016 Senator Thom Tillis advocated for an expansion of Pope Field’s runway, which had not been extended since 1972. A recent Army audit report has stated that Fort Bragg’s airfields are “the poorest infrastructure in the Army.” Tillis is now seeking answers as to the readiness of Fort Bragg and the condition of the airfields. Tillis sits on the ... Read More »

Foreign special operations gunships train on the Navy’s huge sea base in the Persian Gulf | The Drive

The United Arab Emirates’ Special Operations Command has been training with the U.S. Navy on a sea base in the Persian Gulf. The USS Lewis B. Puller hosted UH-60M Black Hawk and CH-47F Chinook helicopters as well as foreign allied troops. Members from the UAE’s Air Force’s Group 18 practiced landing, taking off, and refueling the helicopters onboard the ship ... Read More »

Navy looks to pro sports to boost performance of EOD Techs and Divers | Military.com

The Navy is looking to add new performance-tracking systems and cognitive enhancement techniques to Explosive Ordnance Disposal and Navy Diver candidate training. Pro athletes are the source the Navy is looking to as they hope to take a more holistic approach to certain aspects in order to prevent injuries. A new tactical performance laboratory is being built at the Naval ... Read More »

WorkSafe file charges over death of SAS trooper Lance Corporal Nicholas Kahotea | Stuff National NZ

Lance Corporal Nicholas Kahotea was killed during a training accident in an SAS facility in Ardmore just over a year ago. Now, WorkSafe is filing charges over his death in accordance with the Health and Safety at Work Act 2014. The act states that the overseeing person or business must take appropriate measures to ensure the safety of those involved. ... Read More »

Bauchi: NAF graduate 126 Special Force, Combat Search Rescue Personnel | World Stage Group

Nigeria refused to let the coronavirus hinder military readiness and it has paid off in the in the form of Special Forces and Combat Search Rescue personnel. The Nigerian Air Force graduated 126 of these new troops in Bauchi. Special Forces operatives in Nigeria date back to World War I when the Royal Naval Air Service used armored cars to ... Read More »

This submarine just wrapped up a 30-month deployment | Navy Times

Florida, a guided missile submarine, has returned to its home port at the Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay in Georgia. The sub had been supporting U.S. Africa, Central and European Commands. Officials have decline to comment on the specific missions and actions taken by Florida, but that it “provided unprecedented strike and special operation mission capabilities, bringing mission flexibility and ... Read More »

Wagner, shadowy Russian military group, ‘fighting in Libya’ | BBC News

Reports that Wagner, a Russian mercenary group with strong ties to President Putin, have been operating in Libya have been pouring in for years. Russia has regularly denied any ties between the State and the group, even though they are also believed to be active in Syria and Ukraine. Now, independent monitors for the UN’s Libya sanctions committee have compiled ... Read More »

Libya blames chemical attack on Kremlin-linked Wagner Mercenary Group | Moscow Times

Libya has accused the Wagner mercenary group of using chemical weapons against their troops in southern Tripoli. Russia has been known to use the Wagner contractors to aid commander Khalifa Haftar in his attempts to seize the capital for over a year. “This deed can only be carried out by Wagner,” commented Interior minister Fathi Bashaga. Egyptian-Canadian photojournalist Amru Salahuddien ... Read More »

NDS Special Forces kill 2 Taliban leaders and their fighters during a raid in Paktiya | Khaama Press Agency

The Special Forces of the National Directorate of Security killed two leaders of the Taliban group and his fighters during a raid in South-eastern Paktiya province. The National Directorate of Security (NDS) said in a statement that the Special Forces of the directorate conducted the raid Golal Village of Zurmat district. The statement further added that the NDS Special Forces ... Read More »