May 14, 2014
No Better Friend
Another reason to love the Marine Corps:
A small contingent of Marines have deployed to Chad, where they are teaching local park rangers how to combat poachers who have decimated elephant populations over the past decade or so.
About 15 members of Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Africa 14.1 out of Naval Air Station Sigonella, Italy, deployed to the central African country in late April. They are spending about a month training approximately 100 members of the Chadian Ministry of Environment’s Mobile Brigade.
The Marines, temporarily assigned to SP-MAGTF Africa 14.1 from 3rd Battalion, 8th Marines, out of Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, will teach Chadian rangers small-unit tactics, patrolling, marksmanship, land navigation and site exploitation.
While the mission is not expressly an anti-poaching one, it will help rangers combat heavily armed poachers who are more akin to soldiers than hunters and have decimated elephant populations in the Zakouma National Park. The elephant population there numbered 4,000 in 2005. By 2010 just 450 elephants remained.
Elsewhere on the Dark Continent, it appears to be open season on little girls who want to learn to read and write. But don't despair - their leaders are finally ready to
unleash the dialogue spring into inaction.
Posted by Cassandra at May 14, 2014 07:34 AM
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Sure, we'll let your militants go in exchange for the girls.
After implanting them with radio trackers and a half pound of C4. The can then celebrate their victory with a blow-out party.
Posted by: Yu-Ain Gonnano who's going to Hell at May 14, 2014 10:56 AM
And in the next installment of the ongoing soap opera that is the Obama presidency, one John Foreagainst Kerry offers to exchange the elephants for the kidnapped girls....
Posted by: Cass at May 14, 2014 10:59 AM
"Residents of three villages in northern Nigeria have repelled an attack by suspected Boko Haram Islamist fighters, an eyewitness has told the BBC.
"About 200 of the militants were killed during the fighting in the Kala-Balge district of Borno state, he said.
"The witness said the residents had formed a vigilante group."
Posted by: Texan99 at May 14, 2014 12:46 PM
Clearly, these so-called "villagers" need to check their rural privilege. Don't they realize their leaders are ready to talk this situation into submission?
If all else fails, they will unleash Hel... err...Twitter.
Posted by: Cass at May 14, 2014 12:58 PM
"Clearly, these so-called "villagers" need to check their rural privilege."
There's a class for that now.
"Elsewhere on the Dark Continent,..."
Careful there, Missy. I'll brook no associations with that cesspool of a landmass.
Posted by: DL Sly at May 14, 2014 01:09 PM
Vigilante groups have a certain cachet, lately.
Posted by: Grim at May 14, 2014 05:46 PM
Cry havoc! Let slip the hashtags of Twitter.
Posted by: Allen at May 15, 2014 12:06 AM
A militia? Providing for the security of a free state?
Yes, it's uglier and messier than a full fledged liberal democracy, but that appears not to be an option in either case.
Maybe the USMC should teach the Nigerian villagers how to armor the elephants and ride them into battle.
Posted by: Yu-Ain Gonnano at May 15, 2014 09:32 AM