“IN OPERATIONS in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere, a failure to recognise, acknowledge and accurately define the operational environment led to a mismatch between forces, capabilities, missions and goals,” reads a new draft report by the Pentagon’s...
Under President Obama, operations on the continent have accelerated far beyond the limited interventions of the Bush years:
Last year’s war in Libya;
A regional drone campaign with missions run out of airports and bases in Djibouti, Ethiopia and the Indian Ocean archipelago nation of Seychelles;
A flotilla of 30 ships in that ocean supporting regional operations; a multi-pronged military and CIA campaign against militants in Somalia, including intelligence operations, training for Somali agents, secret prisons, helicopter attacks, and US commando raids;
Amassive influx of cash for counterterrorism operations across East Africa;
A possible old-fashioned air war, carried out on the sly in the region using manned aircraft;
Via Libya S.O.S.