An Amnesty International report released today alleges civilian killings by these mercenaries as part of the growing war in Mozambique.
By Nick Turse for Vice.
The 20th anniversary of the war on terror arrives.
By Nick Turse in TomDispatch.
Government investigations describe American security assistance efforts as a waste of time and money.
By Nick Turse in Vice.
Michael Goodboe, a former Navy SEAL, died of injuries sustained in a terrorist attack in Mogadishu, Somalia.
By Nick Turse in The Intercept.
Formerly secret files raise questions about the security of American military bases in Africa.
By Nick Turse in VICE News.
Burkina Faso once looked like a success story for U.S. military aid. But now it’s contending with a growing insurgency, an unfolding humanitarian crisis — and a security force targeting civilians.
By Nick Turse in The New York Times.
The Trump Administration’s Air Strikes in Somalia Are On the Rise Again—and Civilians Are Paying the Price
In the first seven months of 2020, the Trump administration conducted more air strikes in Somalia than the previous two administrations combined.
By Nick Turse in Time.
Investigation reveals the scale of operations of America’s elite combat troops in Africa.
By Nick Turse in Atavist.
Military documents show that former AFRICOM chief Gen. Thomas Waldhauser regularly put gifts he received from African leaders into the trash.
By Nick Turse in The Intercept.
Next Time They'll Come to Count the Dead
For six weeks in the Spring of 2015, award-winning journalist Nick Turse traveled on foot as well as by car, SUV, and helicopter around war-torn South Sudan talking to military officers and child soldiers, United Nations officials and humanitarian workers, civil servants, civil society activists, and internally displaced persons–people whose lives had been blown apart by a ceaseless conflict there. In fast-paced and dramatic fashion, Turse reveals the harsh reality of modern warfare in the developing world and the ways people manage to survive the unimaginable.
Next Time They’ll Come to Count the Dead isn’t about combat, it’s about the human condition, about ordinary people thrust into extraordinary circumstances, about death, life, and the crimes of war in the newest nation on earth.
You won’t see segments about it on the nightly news or read about it on the front page of America’s newspapers, but the Pentagon is fighting a new shadow war in Africa, helping to destabilize whole countries and preparing the ground for future blowback. Behind closed doors, U.S. officers now claim that Africa is the battlefield of tomorrow, today.” In Tomorrow’s Battlefield, award-winning journalist and bestselling author Nick Turse exposes the shocking true story of the U.S. military’s spreading secret wars in Africa.
Kill Anything That Moves
Americans have long been taught that events such as the notorious My Lai massacre were isolated incidents in the Vietnam War, carried out by just a few “bad apples.” But as award-winning journalist and historian Nick Turse demonstrates in this groundbreaking investigation, violence against Vietnamese noncombatants was not at all exceptional during the conflict. Rather, it was pervasive and systematic, the predictable consequence of official orders to “kill anything that moves.”
Drawing on more than a decade of research into secret Pentagon archives and extensive interviews with American veterans and Vietnamese survivors, Turse reveals for the first time the workings of a military machine that resulted in millions of innocent civilians killed and wounded-what one soldier called “a My Lai a month.” Devastating and definitive, Kill Anything That Moves finally brings us face-to-face with the truth of a war that haunts America to this day.