By Ebi Kesiena
US Green Berets has disclosed that it had no idea of what its students were planning, after they pulled away for a mission not listed in any military training manual and staged a coup.
A team of a dozen Green Berets had been in Guinea since mid-July to train around 100 soldiers in a Special Forces’ unit led by Colonel Doumbouya, who served for years in the French Foreign Legion, participated in US military exercises and was once a close ally of the president he overthrew.
The United States, like the United Nations and the African Union, condemned the coup, with the US military denying any prior knowledge of it.
However, for the Pentagon, it is disgraceful, as the United States has trained troops in many African countries, primarily for counterterrorism programs, but also for the general purpose of supporting civilian-led governments.
And although many US-trained officers have taken power in their countries, most notably General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt, this is the first time this has been done in the middle of a military American course.