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Victor Bout’s network still operating…

“The former U.N. arms investigator was able to track down the illicit activities of this network led by two main actors who once were Bout’s top lieutenants: Sergey Denisenko and Andrei Kosolapov.” “…the illicit activities took place in Mauritius, an … Continue reading

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New Front in Nigeria

“If the Nigerian government isn’t up to the job, expect the United States to take a greater interest in counterterrorism operations there.”   “If Nigeria can’t get control of this brewing sectarian war, however, the United States might opt for … Continue reading

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Drone Campaign & the Metastasis of Al Qaeda

“Nine years into the drone program, it is now clear that while drones are useful in keeping al Qaeda and its affiliates off-balance, the assassination of operatives by unmanned aircraft has not led to the demise of the organization or … Continue reading

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Africa’s Regionally Aligned Brigade

AFRICOM “will be the first to test the new rotational model, intended to give commanders a more reliable supply of soldiers available for short, training-focused missions.” “The benefit is being able to give them regional expertise and cultural experience,” “Plans also … Continue reading

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Somalia, Puntland and Oil

NightWatch for 16 May 12: Hope for Somalia? “Range Resources Limited…and its partner, Horn Petroleum Corp have found oil off the coast of the Horn of Africa.” Comment: Over time, a profitable oil industry should transform the economics of this … Continue reading

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The Division of Mali

NightWatch update on Mali Mali: Today, 6 April, the Tuaregs declared independence for their territory known as Azawad, in northern Mali. They declared Gao as their capital. Ultra-fundamentalists in league with the Tuaregs already have imposed and are enforcing Sharia … Continue reading

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