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The 6 Words That Perfectly Describe Advise-And-Assist Missions, Per The Army
"Bring a knife and some dip."
That’s the one message that a dozen soldiers with U.S. Army Africa had a month into their train and advise mission with the Nigerian Armed Forces at an isolated base north of the country’s capital of Abuja.
The Army is boosting intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions across the Lake Chad Basin region in the aftermath of the Oct. 4 ambush in Niger that left four Army Special Forces personnel dead. Ironically, the Army’s own press shop isn’t shy about warning troops to brace themselves: joint military confabs like the Nigeria missions “[Aren’t] home to the creature comforts found in Middle Eastern forward operating bases.”
No Burger King. No Pizza Hut. No air-conditioning or internet. No running water. However, there are plenty of buckets.
"We walk over to this big pump and get our own water to flush our toilets since water happens intermittently," explained Capt. Aaron Harris. "It's not always a fixed system or anything like that."
"We have bed space, plenty of places to sleep," Harris said matter-of-factly. "The food's great; we hired a local, a spouse of one of the Nigerian army soldiers. She cooks for us, provides us water. We have water, hot meals, beds, and mosquito nets. What more can you ask for?"
'What more can you ask for' was the last expression you'd expect to hear from any Soldier carrying two five-gallon buckets of cold water to a cramped stall walled off with thin vinyl. But if you want to shower, you fill your buckets. The process is simple. You pour one bucket on yourself, apply soap, and use the second bucket to rinse.
Oh no, the horror in breaking the bonds of Western shitting habits! At least the Army PAO team put the most important information up top:
Joking aside, good on the Army for tossing up some real talk about what soldiers can expect amid what will almost certainly be a steady increase in counterterror operations across the African continent. U.S. Army Africa announced in October 2017 that it planned on focusing 80% of its counterterror training missions in Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon in the coming years, and the Army explicitly invoked Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley’s warning from the same period of the frugal, sober nature of future combat operations abroad.
“Water, chow, ammo, fuel, maintenance and medical support will be all that we should plan for,” Milley said at the Association of the U.S. Army’s annual conference in October 2017. “Being surrounded will become the norm, the routine, the life of a unit in combat … In short, learning to be comfortable with being seriously miserable every single minute of every single day will have to become a way of life for an Army on the battlefield that I see coming."
With the Army ramping up advise-and-assist missions worldwide, chances are soldiers used to those Middle Eastern ‘creature comforts’ should start preparing now to rough it extra hard. Then again, forget the advise-and-assist mission: ‘Bring a knife and some dip’ are the only 6 words you need for anything, ever.
Police arrest suspected terrorist for 1985 hijacking in which Navy diver Robert D. Stethem was murdered
ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek police have arrested a 65-year-old Lebanese man suspected of involvement in the 1985 hijacking of a Trans World Airlines (TWA) plane in which a U.S. navy diver was killed.
A Greek police official said on Saturday the suspect had disembarked from a cruise ship on the island of Mykonos on Thursday and that his name came up as being wanted by German authorities.
The last time the world saw Marine veteran Austin Tice, he had been taken prisoner by armed men. It was unclear whether his captors were jihadists or allies of Syrian dictator Bashar al Assad who were disguised as Islamic radicals.
Blindfolded and nearly out of breath, Tice spoke in Arabic before breaking into English:"Oh Jesus. Oh Jesus."
That was from a video posted on YouTube on Sept. 26, 2012, several weeks after Tice went missing near Damascus, Syria, while working as a freelance journalist for McClatchy and the Washington Post.
Now that Tice has been held in captivity for more than seven years, reporters who have regular access to President Donald Trump need to start asking him how he is going to bring Tice home.
SAN DIEGO — John Timothy Earnest didn't hide his smirks as he sat in a San Diego courtroom on Thursday, watching surveillance video of Lori Gilbert-Kaye being shot down inside the lobby of a Poway synagogue.
Earnest also smiled as a synagogue congregant testified about running toward the shooter, screaming "I'm going to kill you!" and seeing the gunman "with a look of astonishment or fear" turn and run.
Earnest, 20, is facing one count of murder and three counts of attempted murder in the shootings at Chabad of Poway on April 27. He also faces an arson charge related to an Escondido mosque fire in March, when several people who were sleeping inside escaped unharmed.
Sometimes a joke just doesn't work.
For example, the Defense Visual Information Distribution Service tweeted and subsequently deleted a Gilbert Gottfried-esque misfire about the "Storm Area 51" movement.
On Friday DVIDSHUB tweeted a picture of a B-2 bomber on the flight line with a formation of airmen in front of it along with the caption: "The last thing #Millenials will see if they attempt the #area51raid today."
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey is ready to act on its southern border with Syria, President Tayyip Erdogan said, after warning that it could take unilateral steps if the U.S. does not establish a "safe zone" in northeast Syria this month.
"Our preparations along our borders are complete," Erdogan told reporters in Istanbul on Saturday before departing to attend a U.N. General Assembly meeting.