While the Middle East stews with US, Israeli and Saudi-backed terror cells, Africa remains up for grabs.
We discovered that three months ago, in October 2013, President Obama secretly sent his first batch of ‘military advisers’ into the war-torn dysfunctional nation of Somalia.
Interestingly, what prompted this action by the White House was the bizarre made-for-television Kenya Mall Massacre in Nairobi which took place a few weeks before, and blamed (suprise, surpise) on Somalia’s al Shabab. Was the Kenya Mall Massacre staged to green-light US troops into Somalia? The fact that this ‘covert foreign policy’ has been kept so quiet show a lack of confidence in selling this agenda to the American public, and should make Americans suspicious about the legitimacy of the whole progression of events.
This is the first time US troops have been deployed to Somalia since the 1993 ‘Black Hawk Down’ (photo, left) debacle. The reason for US troops being deployed to the capital Mogadishu, we are told, is to “advise and coordinate operations with African troops” – who are apparently battling the notorious al-Shabab, an al Qaeda-linked terrorist militia.
According to Patrick Henningsen, geopolitical analyst for 21WIRE, the US and UK strategy for Somalia is simple: destabalisation.
Henningsen explains, “There are a number of tools outside powers can use to achieve this result – by steering terrorist groups, backing militias and other divide and rule scenarios. If Somalia was a united country with a stable government it would be difficult to carve up. If Somalia was able to achieve economic independence, it would ruin long-term plans of Washington and London.”
Just before Christmas, 21WIRE reported how a larger contingent of US troops have also been deployed to South Sudan:
“The US has deployed 45 troops to protect US personnel and assets in South Sudan amid ongoing fighting between rebels and government forces, the White House said. President Barack Obama sent a letter to Congress, saying the group of soldiers was sent Wednesday, AFP reported. The small force will remain in South Sudan “until the security situation becomes such that it is no longer needed,” Obama said.
“Although equipped for combat, this force was deployed for the purpose of protecting US citizens and property.”
To the American taxpayer, the African imperial project is not cheap, with tens of billions already gone from the Washington purse. This money has been spent to help prime the region for a corporate takeover in years to come. Just over a year ago, Obama’s African Secretary, Jonnie Carson, boasted that Somalia was ‘a big success’ because Washington spooks spent $500 million backing an “African Proxy Force” that allegedly “drove out al Qaeda” in that country. As if.
In the dash for East African riches, presently, the British have pole position in Somalia, with money for arms, piracy insurance, mercenaries and cargo shipping all funneling through London. The City of London also have a stake in the energy and mineral potential in the Horn of Africa. Somalian oil and mineral concessions are already being allocated in advance of an imminent takeover.
The United States has the edge on high-tech and military muscle though, with a massive drone fleet stationed nearby, just south of Somalia in Djibouti. This and other deployments and bases in Africa are all part of the US AFRICOM project which was started in 2007 under US President George W. Bush, but accelerated under President Obama, with military operations in Libya, Uganda, Mali, South Sudan and now Somalia.
The main purpose of AFRICOM is the evict China from the continent and make the region safe the neocolonial corporate hegemony. From an Anglo-American imperial perspective, Washington simply provides the muscle for the City of London in Africa.
Watch this space…
U.S. has deployed military advisers to Somalia, officials say
The U.S. military secretly deployed a small number of trainers and advisers to Somalia in October, the first time regular troops have been stationed in the war-ravaged country since 1993, when two helicopters were shot down and 18 Americans killed in the “Black Hawk Down” disaster.
A cell of U.S. military personnel has been in the Somali capital of Mogadishu to advise and coordinate operations with African troops fighting to wrest control of the country from the al-Shabab militia, an Islamist group whose leaders have professed loyalty to al-Qaeda, according to three U.S. military officials.
The previously undisclosed deployment — of fewer than two dozen troops — reverses two decades of U.S. policy that effectively prohibited military “boots on the ground” in Somalia. Even as Somali pirates and terrorists emerged as the top security threat in the region, successive presidential administrations and the Pentagon shied away from sending troops there for fear of a repeat of the Black Hawk Down debacle.
In recent years, the Obama administration has slowly and cautiously become more directly involved in Somalia.
Drones from a U.S. base in Djibouti — a neighboring Horn of Africa country — conduct surveillance missions and occasional airstrikes from Somalia’s skies. Elite Special Operations forces have also set foot on Somali territory on rare occasions to carry out counterterrorism raids and hostage rescues, but only in the shadows and for no more than a few hours at a time.
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