Fatal Car Crash Reveals Commando Presence in Mali

Washington Post reports on a curious story of US operations in Mali:

“What the men were doing in the impoverished country of Mali, and why they were still there a month after the United States suspended military relations with its government, is at the crux of a mystery that officials have not fully explained even 10 weeks later.”

“…the crash has provided a rare glimpse of elite U.S. commando units in North Africa, where they have been secretly engaged in counterterrorism actions against al-Qaeda affiliates.”

“…The women killed in the wreck were identified as Moroccan prostitutes who had been riding with the soldiers…”

“…in Mali, U.S. military personnel had ceased all training and civil-affairs work by the end of March, about a week after the country’s democratically elected president was overthrown in a military coup.

“the three service members killed were among “a small number of personnel” who had been aiding the Malian military before the coup and had remained in the country to “provide assistance to the U.S. Embassy” and “maintain situational awareness on the unfolding events.”

Public affairs statement: “the soldiers had stayed in Bamako because they were “winding down” civil-affairs programs in the aftermath of the coup while holding out hope “that things would turn around quickly” so they could resume their work.”

“the soldiers were on “personal, not business-related travel” at the time”… we have no reason to believe these women were engaged in acts of prostitution.”

“The Intelligence and Security Command is a little-known and secretive branch of the Army that specializes in communications intercepts.”

“About six years ago, the Pentagon began bolstering its overt aid and training programs in Mali, as well as its clandestine operations.”

“It seems really dubious that six people died in a single-car accident. It’s just very fishy,”

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