It’s a good thing the Obama administration isn’t involved in the global war on terror anymore. Otherwise, we would have American special forces waging all kinds of clandestine operations and wars in places like Mali.
Three American commandos were killed in an April 20 incident when their car skidded off the road and into the Niger River in Bamoko, the capital of Mali:
Various branches of the American military, including the secretive Intelligence and Security Command and the Special Operations Command (which has seen its budget and manpower increase significantly in recent years), have been coy about what exactly the three men were doing in Mali, and why they were with three Moroccan prostitutes when they died. (A spokesman for the US embassy in Mali said they were on “personal, not business-related travel.”) Regardless of the circumstances of the commandos’ tragic death, the incident opens a window on the secret operations of the U.S. military, where small teams operate in semi-lawless places, tracking, observing, and sometimes killing al-Qaeda linked terrorists. The global war on terror is over? Not really.
The military’s Africa Command, which oversees operations on the continent, said the three service members killed were among “a small number of personnel” who had been aiding the Malian military before the coup and had remained in the country to “provide assistance to the U.S. Embassy” and “maintain situational awareness on the unfolding events.”