Forces of U.S army were on the blind side when Col. Doumbouya, a Guinean colonel they trained turned out to be the mastermind behind the recent coup in Guinea and thus becoming leader of the West African nation.
Col. Mamady Doumbouya has declared himself the new leader of Guinea after he led special forces into the presidential palace and seized the country’s 83-year-old president, Alpha Condé earlier this month.
According to information reaching Ghana Africa News, he is thought to have slipped away to mount the coup early Sunday with some suggesting he did so while his superiors in the U.S army were asleep. They had been working with just not Doumbouya but with other Guinean service personnel to train them in counterterrorism techniques, and to help them prop up their civilian government.
Doumbouya, once a close ally to Condé, is a familiar figure to American forces, who have been in the country since July to train a group of about 100 Special Forces members led by the Colonel and have worked with him for years. Due to the timing and the close relationship with the Colonel the current situation has been an ’embarrassment’ for the White house, the Times reported.