US in Africa: The Secret Wars You've Never Heard About

Attacks by Islamists terrorists on US bases have largely gone unreported. Al J Venter looks at the secret war raging in Africa

It was a pre-dawn clandestine attack involving about a dozen al-Shabaab fighters from Somalia that, despite a sizeable Kenyan Army and United States military presence, managed to infiltrate the perimeter of a military base in Manda Bay, Kenya. One of the rebels took aim with a rocket-propelled grenade, firing at a US surveillance plane and touching off an hours-long firefight. When it was over, the two American pilots of that plane and a US soldier were dead, two other US military personnel were wounded, six surveillance aircraft and helicopters were destroyed, and parts of the airfield were in flames.

The Sahel has become a Jihadist battleground all the way across North Africa
The Sahel has become a Jihadist battleground all the way across North Africa Al Ventner

All that took place early on the morning of January, 5 2020, at Magogoni Airfield and Camp Simba at Manda Bay, Kenya, a strategic military base well within view of Lamu, one of East Africa’s most popular tourist resorts. 


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