U.S. MILITARY’S WORST-CASE SCENARIO: LARGE PARTS OF AFRICA SEIZED BY ISIS, AL QAEDA, AND BOKO HARAM | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

U.S. MILITARY’S WORST-CASE SCENARIO: LARGE PARTS OF AFRICA SEIZED BY ISIS, AL QAEDA, AND BOKO HARAM

North and West Africa have seen intense U.S. military engagement over the last decade. America has, as The Intercept reported earlier this year, conducted approximately 550 drone strikes in Libya since 2011 — more than in Somalia, Yemen, or Pakistan. In July, Politico disclosed that for at least five years, Green Berets, Navy SEALs, and other commandos — operating under a little-understood budgetary authority known as Section 127e — have been involved in reconnaissance and “direct action” combat raids with local forces in Cameroon, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, and Tunisia. Between 2015 and 2017, there were also at least 10 previously unreported attacks on American troops in West Africa, the New York Times revealed in March. Last October, four U.S. troops were killed in an ISIS ambush in Niger. Two months later, Green Berets fighting alongside local forces in that same country reportedly killed 11 ISIS militants.

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