By Terence Co
The roots of Sierra Leone’s civil war lie in aftermath of the 1964 death of the country’s first prime minister, Sir Milton Margai. He had governed since independence in 1961, concentrating on building Sierra Leone’s infrastructure. His Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) remained in power until 1967, when it was voted out for incompetence and corruption. The new president, Siaka Stevens of the All People’s Congress (APC), proceeded to pillage the country’s economy and infrastructure, then outlawed the SLPP. His successor, Joseph Momoh, was even more inept and corrupt. By 1991, Sierra Leone had a collapsed economy, was one of the world’s most poorest countries, and was ripe for internal violence.
Against the Taliban
By Carl O. Schuster
Pakistani President Asif Zadari’s July 2010 statement that his country was failing in its war on the Taliban highlights the difficulty Pakistan faces in combating the powerful and pervasive insurgent group. Islamabad’s efforts face myriad military, political and psychological challenges.
By Blaine Taylor
Every war has weaponry uniquely associated with it. For Vietnam, that list would include the AK-47 assault rifle, the Viet Cong punji stake, and the Bell UH-1 “Huey” helicopter. Near the top of the list would be the two primary weapons of the US Army and Marine combat soldiers: the M-16 rifle and the M-60 machinegun…
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