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Thursday, November 02, 2017

Tongo Tongo is in the middle of a belt that is ground zero for the illicit trade that defines the Sahara. West of Tongo Tongo is Gao (Mali) and to its east is Agadez (Niger). These are the main ports for South American cocaine, flown in on various kinds of aircraft (Air Cocaine, as they are called) and then driven across the Sahara Desert in trucks to be taken by small boats across the Mediterranean Sea into Europe. Evidence of the cocaine trade is everywhere -- whether in Gao's neighborhood known as Cocaine Bougou or in the nickname of one of the leading chiefs in Agadez -- Cherif Ould Abidine -- known as Cherif or Mr. Cocaine.




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The Americans not only have thousands of troops across Africa, but also have many bases. The most public base is in Djibouti (Camp Lemonier), but there are also bases in Ethiopia and Kenya, as well as forward operating positions across the Sahel. The United States is also building a massive base at the cost of $100 million in Agadez. Air Base 201 will be mainly a drone base, with the MQ9 Reapers flown out of Agadez to collect intelligence in this resource-rich and poverty-stricken area. This base is being constructed in plain sight


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"The root causes of the conflicts are the same as elsewhere: environmental destruction, joblessness, war and the commodities (such as Cocaine and Uranium) that are essential to the West. None of this will be addressed."

That's a pretty strange conclusion considering all the deaths, rapes, and torturing are committed by Islamic radicals. I mean, shouldn't the entire nation be up in arms against it's Western oppressors instead of just a few terrorists groups who probably don't even care that Westerners are present?

#1 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2017-11-02 09:04 PM | Reply

war and the commodities (such as Cocaine and Uranium)

Cocaine? Come on. Let's move already!

#2 | Posted by lfthndthrds at 2017-11-02 10:05 PM | Reply


#3 | Posted by ichiro at 2017-11-02 10:30 PM | Reply

"The United States is also building a massive base at the cost of $100 million in Agadez."

Jesus Christ.

#4 | Posted by madscientist at 2017-11-02 10:39 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"The United States is also building a massive base at the cost of $100 million in Agadez."

Did they hire two guys from Whitefish to build it?

#5 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-11-02 10:41 PM | Reply

"...the MQ9 Reapers flown out of Agadez to collect intelligence in this resource-rich and poverty-stricken area. This base is being constructed in plain sight"

how frightening is that?

#6 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2017-11-02 11:57 PM | Reply

Why on earth would the US build an outpost in the middle of nowhere like that?

Official Answer: The United States is building a dedicated drone airbase in Agadez from which to more easily monitor terrorist activities in West and North Africa, in addition to extremists coming from the Sahel.

Cynical (Real) Answer: Agadez flourishes as a market town and as a centre for the transportation of the uranium mined in the surrounding area.



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#7 | Posted by madscientist at 2017-11-03 12:13 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

It's because Hillary sold our uranium. Got it.

#8 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-11-03 12:27 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

What's wrong with cocaine?

You want to talk about government intrusion?

Let's discuss the war on drugs.

Literally the government telling you what you can and can't buy with your money.

And what you can and can't consume.

#9 | Posted by ClownShack at 2017-11-03 12:30 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1


" Readers might remember that the United States had accused Saddam Hussein's government of procuring yellowcake uranium from Niger. This turned out to be a hoax, uncovered by Ambassador Joe Wilson when he went to Niger and met its former Prime Minister Ibrahim Assane Mayaki. The accusation against Iraq was false, but the Arlit mines are real. The town is a fortress of European mining companies, from Niger's own government company to a series of French firms, most prominently Areva. The road out of Arlit is known as Uranium Highway. It is this road that was used by al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb when it came and kidnapped five French employees of an Areva mine in 2010. The Areva mines were also attacked by a car bomb in 2013. French Special Forces operate to protect these mines and the close to 2,000 Europeans who live in this uranium town. "One of every three light bulbs is lit thanks to -------- uranium," noted Oxfam in 2013. It is too precious for the French to be ignored. That is why France's Operation Barkhane runs from across the Sahel, from Mauritania at one end to Chad at the other. It has its headquarters in Chad's capital of N'Djamena.

#10 | Posted by madscientist at 2017-11-03 12:35 AM | Reply

Don't the Chinese have interests there? Why can't China help pay to fight Boko Haram? I swear, we always get stuck with the worst jobs. But at least we pay much more and have much better working conditions than the Chinese. I've heard the Chinese run their African investments worse than their domestic stuff, and domestic Chinese laborers made about $5.50 a day.

#11 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2017-11-03 12:42 AM | Reply

how frightening is that?

#6 | POSTED BY SHEEPLESCHISM AT 2017-11-02 11:57 PM | FLAG:

It's only 1 of 9 bases that stretch from Mauritania to Djibouti.

#12 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2017-11-03 08:30 AM | Reply

- It's only 1 of 9 bases

How ridiculous.

#13 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2017-11-03 04:44 PM | Reply

An old army bud went SF after I got out. He said he's been to Africa about a dozen times over the years.
He's still in. Apparently in some special forces guard or reserve unit now.

#14 | Posted by 101Chairborne at 2017-11-03 04:57 PM | Reply

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