Asia/Africa update: June 21 2017

ASIA AFGHANISTAN Uh-oh, looks like the Pentagon made a little fashion faux pas in Afghanistan: US taxpayers unnecessarily spent $28m on uniforms for the Afghan National Army, according to the US inspector general tasked with overseeing the war. In a scathing report, John Sopko said that officials bought “forest” pattern uniforms, despite the country’s landscape… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: June 21 2017

Asia/Africa update: June 17-18 2017

MALI Four jihadi attackers stormed the Campement Kangaba, a Bamako hotel reportedly popular with foreigners, on Sunday afternoon. They killed at least two people before Malian authorities, with some French assistance, killed three of them (the fourth attacker seems to have gotten away). There’s been no claim of responsibility, but Mali has a significant al-Qaeda… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: June 17-18 2017

Another group claims responsibility for the Bamako hotel attack

A deadly attack on a hotel in Mali kills several people, many of them foreigners, and leaves the country unsettled. Very quickly, the al-Qaeda-affiliated terror group al-Mourabitoun claims responsibility for the attack in a statement delivered to the media. But in the aftermath of the attack, a second group comes forward to claim responsibility for… Continue reading Another group claims responsibility for the Bamako hotel attack

Some early thoughts on the Mali hotel attack

The Radisson Blu Hotel in Bamako, the capital of Mali, was struck by gunmen earlier today in an attack that so far has killed at least 27 people. The situation is still unfolding (though it may be nearing a resolution), with gunmen still believed to be inside the hotel, though a “special forces raid,” possibly… Continue reading Some early thoughts on the Mali hotel attack