Formerly secret documents show that the recent directive disrupts plans to further entrench the U.S. in Somalia—and civilians will still be in harm's way.
Government investigations describe American security assistance efforts as a waste of time and money.
Formerly secret files raise questions about the security of American military bases in Africa.
“Organizing and holding elections in such an environment will likely prove very difficult.”
“We are extremely lucky that there have not been more situations like Niger.”
While no seven individuals can stand in for the more than 300 people I interviewed for this project, these particular voices offer a representative portrait of the violence and hardships faced by, and the incredible resilience of, so many of their fellow
U.S. military presence in Africa is already huge and still growing.