GDI influence in this area is running rampant. Establish a well positioned strike base, and clean the area out. A nearby town may provide a suitable location for your base, if the occupants were "persuaded" to move... - Mission briefing
Nod had little regard for civilian lives in their campaign to claim Africa. If a GDI friendly village was built on strategic ground, Nod had no qualms razing it to the ground and claiming the land as their own. During this operation Nod sent a small force to do just that and build a strike base they would use to remove the GDI presence.