Wild Geese, shot down (but only winged slightly on the wrist)

(Not the actual Wild Geese in question, but still a great film. Those UZIs thoe...)

(Not the actual Wild Geese in question, but still a great film. Dat DPM-UZI combo thoe…)

Back in 2014 a group of four American citizens with ties to the West African country of The Gambia decided to overthrow President Yahya Jammeh of Gambia, whose official state website lists him as His Excellency Sheikh Professor Alhaji Dr. Yahya Abdul-Azziz Jemus Junkung Jammeh, among other titles.

The would-be revolutionaries had military backgrounds to one degree or another to include one, Papa Faal, 47, of Minnesota, who was a a long-time veteran of the U.S. Army and Air Force that included recent combat service in Afghanistan.

The plot involved shipping semi-auo AR-15s, NVGs and assorted sundry banana republic gear to Africa secreted in 55-gal drums. Once on the ground, Faal led ground assault team of a dozen ethnic Gambians from the UK and Germany in an attack on the Presidential Palace that was supposed to be supported by a sympathetic company of Gambian troops.

Well the turncoats never turned and Faal and the boys were left assed-out, only barely managing to break off the attack and beat feet out of the country.

There four men charged in 2015 with Conspiracy to violate the Neutrality Act and Conspiracy to possess a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence plead guilty last week and in exchange picked up paperweight sentences of between six months and 366 days in federal prison–except for Papa Faal who got off with time served.

Hmmm, that’s kinda interesting if you ask me. Just saying. Papa Faal, if you are out there, hit me up at egerwriter@gmail.com and let’s talk.

Anyway, more on the coup details in my column at Guns.com where I’ve covered this story here, here and here.

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Let me introduce myself. I am a bit of a conflict junkie. I am fascinated by war and warfare, assassination, personal protection and weaponry ranging from spud guns and flame throwers to thermonuclear bombs and Soviet-trained Ebola monkeys. In short, if it’s violent or a tool to create violence it is kind of my thing. I have written a few thousand articles on the dry encyclopedia side for such websites as Guns.com, University of Guns, Outdoor Hub, Tac-44, History Times, Big Game Hunter, Glock Forum, Firearms Talk.com, and Combat Forums; as well as for print publications like England Expects, and Strike First Strike Fast. Several magazines such as Sea Classics, Military Historian and Collector, Mississippi Sportsman and Warship International have carried my pieces. Additionally I am on staff as a naval consultant and writer for Eye Spy Intelligence Magazine. Currently I am working on several book projects including an alternative history novel about the US-German War of 1916, and a biography of Southern gadfly and soldier of fortune Bennett Doty. My first novel, about the coming zombie apocalypse was released in 2012 by Necro Publications and can be found at Amazon.com as was the prequel, Chimera-44. I am currently working on book two of that series: "Pirates of the Zombie Coast." In my day job I am a contractor for the U.S. federal government in what could best be described as the ‘Force Protection’ field. In this I am an NRA-certified firearms, and less-than-lethal combat instructor.

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