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About Nick Turse

Nick Turse is the managing editor of and a fellow at the Nation Institute.  An award-winning journalist, his work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Nation, and regularly at TomDispatch. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller Kill Anything that Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam.  His conversation with Bill Moyers about that book is here. His latest book is Tomorrow's Battlefield: US Proxy Wars and Secret Ops in Africa. His website is  You can follow him on Tumblr and on Facebook.

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

The legacy of infinite war: special ops, generational struggle, and the Cooperstown of commandos

US Special Operations Command continues to thrive. Its budget, its personnel numbers, and just about any other measure you might choose (from missions to global reach) continue to rise.

Vietnamization 2.0

The US history of military intervention is shocking. It should be learnt from, rather than continued.

Rogue states and nuclear dangers

Who would be concerned by an Iranian deterrent? The answer is plain: the rogue states that rampage in the region, with the US and Israel in the lead.

The Confederate Flag: hate, not heritage

Endless wars will always have their atrocities. And atrocities will always find a flag.

AFRICOM behaving badly

United States Africa Command likes to think that it is in the business of exporting ‘rule of law’. But it has been riddled with misdeeds, since it began overseeing the US military pivot to Africa.

The US military's new normal in Africa

Every new African nightmare turns out to be another opening for US military involvement.

The heavy imprint of America's 'light footprint'

New documents reveal the blinding pace of US military operations in Africa as the Pentagon prepares for future wars. 

Back to the future: America's new model for expeditionary warfare

In a world of supposed cutbacks, the US military continues to quietly move into Africa in a distinctly below-the-radar fashion. The Pentagon’s newest tactic: refight the colonial wars in partnership with the French.

America's black-ops blackout

The Pentagon has divided the whole globe like a giant pie into six slices through U.S. Special Operations Command. And in the post-9/11 era, this secretive military's reach and ambition has only grown. 

Pivot to Africa: AFRICOM's gigantic 'small footprint'

Can a military tiptoe onto a continent? Via a hush-hush version of mission creep, the Pentagon and AFRICOM are turning Africa into a battlefield of the future.

A global security initiative

Muslims using computers in Pakistan, Iraq and Afghanistan are not the only ones to fall under the gaze of US surveillance. Since 9/11, American Muslims have been disproportionately targeted compared to right-wing Christian groups on the erroneous belief that their religion makes them more susceptible to violent radicalisation. 

What it’s like to ask the US military a question

Whether I’m trying to figure out what the US military is doing in Latin America or Africa, Afghanistan or Qatar, the response is remarkably uniform  - obstruction and obfuscation, hurdles and hindrances. 

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