Somalia and the Limits of U.S. Bombing
President Trump will achieve little by choosing airstrikes and military operations over aid and diplomacy in Somalia.
Pentagon Warns Ships as Pirates Again Prowl Waters Off Somalia
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, who was visiting a nearby base in Djibouti, said that he was not yet calling on the Navy to respond but that civilian mariners must be on alert.
Using Special Forces Against Terrorism, Trump Seeks to Avoid Big Ground Wars
President Trump has so far maintained the strategy of training and supporting indigenous forces to fight their own wars instead of deploying large American forces to far-flung hot spots.
U.S. Wary of Its New Neighbor in Djibouti: A Chinese Naval Base
With tensions between the rivals increasing, American strategists worry that operations at the Pentagon’s Camp Lemonnier will be observed once China completes its military port.
Joyous Africans Take to the Rails, With China’s Help
A new railway line from Djibouti to Ethiopia has showcased China’s effort to extend its influence, with aid and expertise, throughout Africa.
1966: De Gaulle Cancels Speech
From the archives of the International Herald Tribune: In August 1966, President De Gaulle cancels his speech in Djibouti.
Bomb Suspected in Deadly Explosion on Somali Jet
The blast above the plane’s right wing on Tuesday sucked one passenger out, killing him, and injured two others. Shabab militants are suspected.
China Retools Its Military With a First Overseas Outpost in Djibouti
China said a facility in the East African nation would serve to resupply its naval ships taking part in antipiracy missions.
Self-Portraits of a Naked Adventurer
For his new “Commencements” series, debuting here, the photographer Ruben Brulat braved 130-degree temperatures at remote African lava lakes.
Q. and A.: Andrew S. Erickson on China’s Military Goals and Capabilities
Dr. Erickson, an associate professor at the United States Naval War College, said a recent Defense Department report emphasized the expansion in Chinese military activity outside East Asia.
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