Downtown Cairo is plastered with huge posters of Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, the U.S.-trained Egyptian army chief who helped overthrow President Mohammed Morsi.
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Romeo Orlando Vasquez Velasquez took a combat arms course at the School of the Americas at Georgia's Fort Benning in 1976 and another on small unit training in 1984. As a general in 2009, Vasquez overthrew the democratically elected president of Honduras.
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Yahya Jammeh, a captain in Gambia's army at the time, attended a police training course at Fort McLellan in Alabama in 1994. Later the same year, Jammeh and four other junior officers staged a bloodless coup of the Gambian government.
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Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who studied at the U.S. Army War College in 2006, led the recent military takeover of the government of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi. El-Sissi is the latest in a series of U.S.-trained military officers who have ousted a civilian government.
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Top military and police officers led the 1991 overthrow of Haiti's government. Among them were Michel Francois (shown here in 1996), the country's police chief, and army chief Philippe Biamby. Both received training at the School of the Americas during the 1980s.
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Capt. Amadou Haya Sanogo studied at several U.S. military schools and received training in military intelligence at Fort Huachuca in Arizona. He led the ouster of Mali's government in 2012.
Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, the man at the center of the military takeover in Egypt, is the latest in a series of American-trained foreign officers to oust a civilian government.
Just seven years ago, he was a student at the Army War College in rural Pennsylvania. At a recent military graduation ceremony in Alexandria, Egypt, el-Sissi talked about his ouster of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi on July 3.
The army was forced to take that step, the general said, in the wake of mass protests against the elected government.
A rendering of objects currently in Low Earth Orbit (not illustrated to scale). According to NASA, "approximately 95 percent of the objects in this illustration are orbital debris, i.e., not functional satellites."
Originally published on Thu August 8, 2013 4:54 pm
A U.S. radar system that tracks thousands of objects orbiting Earth — from satellites to harmful debris — has been slated for shutdown, according to the Space News site. The ground-based network known as the "Space Fence" may cease to operate in October.