The station phase starts slow, then ramps up into confusion, chaos, and crisis. Imagine a CIA officer in Moscow when communism fell. That about captures it.
With their supplies, and now numbers, dwindling, Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen seems to have been pushed into a corner like a feral animal.
Somalia is once again on the eve of a full-scale war, only this time it will have an ‘African face’ on the conflict.
All that remains is for us to survive the final, brutal, week-long exercise, followed by graduation. Not everyone will make it to become CIA case officers.
As the soldiers of MACV-SOG sifted through the remains left behind following the NVA attack on FOB 4, the pieces began to fall into place.
I had started the first phase of the CIA’s field tradecraft training. I had taken the proverbial pill, and seen the Matrix. My eyes had been opened.
Plumes of black smoke continue to rise over the KM5 district in the Somalian capital city of Mogadishu today as al-Shabaab, in a daring mid-afternoon assault, leaves a bloody path View More ›
Mohamed Mohamud, or ‘Kuno’—his recent alias—is a soft-spoken man, educated, with an air of quietness and gentleness about him. The Kenyan, bearing a traditional graying beard, carries his thin build in an almost View More ›
I guess they were not kidding at the Team when they said a lot of SEALs do not make it through the background check and polygraph, and I am better off staying in the Teams.