October 10, 2013

Where The Drones Sleep FOB Niger: Conclusion

Niger’s president, Mahamadou Issoufou, is looking for some serious help. He’s governing what he calls a “dirt poor” country with ruthless bandits, terrorists, and smugglers overwhelming his northern and eastern parts of the country. In addition, a famine is already affecting 15 million of his citizenry, and will reach critical mass in a matter of months.

Mr. Issoufou is looking. He sees the potential and salvation his country would benefit from in the ever-present stream of potential foreign investors willing to drop massive amounts of money into his very own government’s starving budget. Petrolin, Shell, and Maersk all are chomping at the bit to develop the Niger Delta and further, but there’s a security problem, a fundamentalist problem.

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Reporting/Researching West Africa, North African, and Horn of Africa Terror Networks & News. Independent Agitator. Former Armed Anthropologist. Veteran of 82nd, 173rd, RTB, & LEGION 5th Special Forces Group (A/1/5 CCIF). Twitter: @M1k351x.

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  • M1k351x

    erinmcunningham SOFREP You should I mean you like smugglers and bandits! It all in there...A Mos Eisley reference as well

  • erinmcunningham

    M1k351x SOFREP hey thanks! will take a look.

  • clluelo

    M1k351x e book Derek?

  • Josezn

    Great piece Derek. Had to quote your ending of article. Powerfull words that show the effectiveness and power of the "pale rider" "The impact is flawless, as the equal parts of Newtons Law, chemical, and technological reactions take place and the birth of kinetic death is brought forth unto its victims. The blast radius expands, creating overpressure and releasing metal, wood and flesh from its otherwise normal spots, and turns them into projectiles for further destruction."

  • drummergirl

    Derek, that article was intense!  I'm glad you included the pic....good to see the end result.....Sounds like Niger is a "failed state" and doesn't really have a fighting chance....maybe it never did...