“Because we screwed the pooch on the submarine deal, we were looking for a way into France’s good graces,” said Cameron Hudson, an Africa scholar at the Atlantic Council." washingtonpost.com/national-secur…
If you compare the tiny number of foreign forces in the region and the vastness of the area, it becomes a bit daunting and quixotic. Terrorism is growing rapidly despite joint efforts, could this be just be an excuse to maintain colonial ties and influence?diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/french-fore…
As the UAE proliferates weapons into eastern and southern Libya then end up for sale immediately. I was offered a new Toyota gun truck for 150K and you could outfit a small unit with one gold mine run or kidnapping. It's a business...man. issafrica.org/iss-today/wher…
It's nice to have a ground perspective on these conflicts. You get a nice feed from the locals while being watched by drones paid for with your tax dollars. Photos ©RYP

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