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The Race for Bases, Ports, and Resources in the Horn of Africa Heats Up | Jamestown 

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After years of little to no interest in the Horn of Africa, powers are now investing billions in the region and are fighting to get a hold of what is now considered a strategic foothold. China, the Gulf States, and Turkey are racing to secure bases and ports in the Horn of Africa due to two major assets: the countries ... Read More »

Special Forces Unit Member Killed in Niger Ambush Honored for Bravery | Military.com

The Army recently awarded Sgt. 1st Class Jeremiah Johnson with a posthumous Bronze Star with Valor device for his heroism during the October 2017 Niger ambush that killed him and three other Special Forces soldiers. The vicious Oct. 4 enemy ambush touched off a firestorm of allegations that the Green Beret team and Nigerien troops were sent on a poorly ... Read More »

Putin’s private army is trying to increase Russia’s influence in Africa | CNN

There’s nothing secret about Russia’s presence in the Central African Republic. The streets are plastered with propaganda posters proclaiming “Russia: hand in hand with your army!” A local radio station churns out Russian ballads and language lessons. New recruits to the army are being trained in Russian, using Russian weapons. But the Russian campaign in this war-torn country is anything ... Read More »

Somali forces retake militant al Shabaab-held town | Anadolu Agency

The Somali forces on Tuesday recaptured a key town 70 kilometers southwest of Somali capital Mogadishu, pushing back al-Qaeda affiliated group al-Shabaab. Officials said that the Somali Special Forces known as Danab, backed by peace keeping forces belonging to African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM) launched an operation, to march into Awdhegle town in Lower Shabelle region. Lower Shabelle Governor ... Read More »

A Navy SEAL and Marine Raider accused of murdering a Green Beret in Mali are due in court next week | Task & Purpose

A Navy SEAL and a Marine Raider charged with murder in connection with the hazing death of Special Forces Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar are scheduled to appear at an Article 32 hearing on Aug. 5, Navy officials have announced. Navy Special Operations Chief Tony DeDolph and Gunnery Sgt. Mario Madera-Rodriguez are accused of taking part in the June 2017 assault ... Read More »

Why U.S. Special Forces Need to Remain Abroad | Gatestone Institute

What skeptics need to understand is that the Green Berets in Africa — as all U.S. troops are doing in other places and other contexts — are performing a crucial service to U.S. interests. They are helping America maintain a small footprint in states at peril of losing the battle against jihad and its totalitarian ideology, or other threats, while ... Read More »

Army special operator received valor award for actions concurrent with hostage crisis in Mali | Army Times

An Army special operator received the second highest valor award for his actions during an overseas contingency operation nearly four years ago. The operator received the Distinguished Service Cross for his actions on Nov. 20, 2015, a date that matches up with an infamous terrorist attack on the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako, Mali, which also netted a Marine Raider ... Read More »

Somali Special Forces End Siege at Hotel Raided by Militants that Killed 26 | The Nation

Special forces in Somalia have ended an all-night siege at a hotel raided by armed Islamic militants, officials have said. The death toll from the attack in the southern port city of Kismayo, which began on Friday evening, has risen to 26 people, including a prominent Canadian-Somali journalist and several foreigners. The victims include one Briton, three Kenyans, three Tanzanians, ... Read More »