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Post time 2014-1-16 08:17:14 |Display all floors
US deployment of military advisors to Somalia exposed

A new report reveals that the United States has deployed a group of military advisers to the Somali capital, Mogadishu, for the first time since early 1990s.


Three US military officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said on Friday that a cell of American military personnel has been stationed in Mogadishu "to advise and coordinate operations" with African troops fighting to take control of the country from al-Shabab militants, Washington Post reported.  


The team, including several troops, was stationed in October 2013 and became fully operational last month.
The previously unrevealed deployment is in contravention of an earlier US policy that prohibited military “boots on the ground” in the African country.


However, in recent years, the administration of US President Barack Obama has gradually become more directly involved in Somalia.

Drones from a US base in Djibouti, which is a neighboring Horn of the Africa country, have carried out numerous spying operations and occasional airstrikes from Somalia’s skies.

US elite special operations forces have also conducted raids and other operations in the country.

Washington’s intentions to become more involved militarily in Somalia became evident in summer of 2013, when Gen. David Rodriguez, the commander of the US forces in Africa, visited Mogadishu.

In October, Amanda Dory, the Pentagon’s senior policy official for Africa, told US Congress that the army would “increase our presence in Mogadishu in tandem with the State Department.”

The announcement came as the US Africa Command around the same time sent the advisers to Mogadishu to set up a coordination cell, according to the US military officials who revealed the deployment.

Army Colonel Thomas Davis, a spokesman for the US Africa Command confirmed the deployment in a statement issued late Friday.


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Post time 2014-1-16 08:19:01 |Display all floors
Peter Jennings:
If US "advisors" are there, things are bound to get worse.

How'd that work out?
Kennedy started with 'advisors' in Vietnam.

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Post time 2014-1-16 08:19:52 |Display all floors
US assassination drone strike kills two in Somalia

At least two people have been killed in an attack carried out by a US assassination drone in southern Somalia, an al-Shabab militant and a senior US military official have said.


A member of the militant group said the unmanned aircraft fired a missile at a car in Somalia's Middle Juba region on Monday, the Associated Press reported.

The US official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, claimed the vehicle was carrying senior members of al-Shabab.

The US military uses remote-controlled drones in Somalia for reconnaissance operations and targeted killings.

Washington uses assassination drones in several countries -- including Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Yemen -- to target what it calls terrorists. According to witnesses, however, the attacks have mostly led to civilian casualties.

On October 22, a joint report by Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said US officials could be found guilty of war crimes for the secret CIA drone attacks which have killed hundreds of people.

The aerial attacks, initiated by former US president, George W. Bush, have escalated under President Barack Obama. President Obama recently defended the use of controversial drones as “self-defense.”

The United Nations says the US-operated drone strikes pose a growing challenge to the international rule of law.

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Post time 2014-1-31 04:36:28 |Display all floors
US drone strike kills one in southern Somalia

Jan 26, 2014

A suspected al-Shabab fighter has been reportedly killed in an attack carried out by a US assassination drone in southern Somalia.

According to Abu Mohamed, a commander of the country’s al-Shabab group, the attack took place in a village called Hawai in Somalia's Lower Shabelle region on Sunday.

He said that Sahal Iskudhuq, a commander with close link to al-Shabab's top leader, was killed when his car was hit by a missile fired from the drone.

The US military has not commented on the attack, as part of its official policy.

The US military uses remote-controlled drones in Somalia for reconnaissance operations and targeted killings.

Washington uses assassination drones in several countries -- including Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Yemen -- to target what it calls militants. According to witnesses, however, the attacks have mostly led to civilian casualties.

In October last year, a joint report by Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said US officials could be found guilty of war crimes for the secret CIA drone attacks which have killed hundreds of people.

The aerial attacks, initiated by former US president, George W. Bush, have escalated under President Barack Obama. President Obama recently defended the use of controversial drones as “self-defense.”

The United Nations says the US-operated drone strikes pose a growing challenge to the international rule of law.

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The Beak:
Where is International law to stop the US law of the jungle.

Alkhair in reply to The Beak:
International law is in Hague I believe. But it is used only against Africans, Arabs and East Europeans.

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Post time 2014-1-31 04:37:55 |Display all floors
US carries out assassination drone strike in Somalia

Jan 27, 2014

Despite international outrage, the United States has carried out an assassination drone strike in southern Somalia.

A US military official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that the attack on Sunday targeted a suspect linked to “al-Shabab” in the African country.

However, the official did not expose details on the target’s identity or whether he was killed or not.

Reports say the official described the target as a “senior leader” affiliated with “al-Shabab.”

Another US military official said that the attack took place in an area near Barawe, about 110 miles from the capital, Mogadishu.

Meanwhile al-Shabab fighters say at least five members of their group, including a senior commander, died in the attack.

On January 26, a commander of the group said one of its members had been killed in a US assassination drone strike in southern Somalia’s Lower Shabelle region.

Last October, the US Navy attempted to capture al-Shabab leader Ikrima in Barawe. They withdrew from the mission after an intense firefight.

The United States uses assassination drones in several countries, such as Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Yemen, to target “militants.” However, reports show the attacks have mostly led to civilian casualties.

The aerial attacks, initiated by former US President George W. Bush, have escalated under President Barack Obama, who has defended the use of the controversial drones as “self-defense.”

This is while the United Nations says the US-operated drone strikes pose a growing challenge to the international rule of law.

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Post time 2014-1-31 04:40:25 |Display all floors
S Sudan crisis end product of West policies

A political expert blames the West for leading South Sudan to a political crisis that has pushed the world’s youngest nation to verge of civil war.

The south Sudan crisis “is the end product of a very flawed Western foreign policy, which actually forced and blackmailed … the Khartoum government in effect into agreeing to separation and then rushed the whole process through,” David Hoile, the director of the London-based European-Sudanese Public Affairs Council, told press TV on Saturday.

He referred to the unresolved disputes between Khartoum and Juba, among them wealth-sharing issues, border demarcation and “even issues of nationality of who exactly is from North Sudan, who is from South Sudan.”

    “It was a failed state right from the start because the groundwork wasn’t done because of the huge amount of pressure on the government of the then Sudan,” Hoile stated.  

The expert also said the US government was very keen to see Sudan broken up into one or more parts, stressing that Washington’s policies revolve mainly around energy, rather than war on terror or else.

So, the new battlefield… is of course in Africa because Africa is awash with energy resources. So I think that’s a major factor and it’s far easier to force deals from countries you’ve actually destabilized. And I think what we’re now seeing is at least the end products unintended or otherwise of that process.

Deadly violence in South Sudan broke out on December 15, 2013 when President Salva Kiir accused his sacked deputy Riek Machar of attempting to stage a coup.

The conflict soon turned into all-out war between the army and defectors, with the violence taking on an ethnic dimension that pitted the president’s Dinka tribe against Machar's Nuer ethnic group.

On January 23, South Sudan and the rebels signed a ceasefire agreement to end weeks of heavy fighting that has left nearly 10,000 people dead and displaced almost 500,000 others.

Mediators from the East African regional trading bloc, Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), brokered the truce, which came into effect on Friday.

But Juba on Saturday accused the rebels of breaking the ceasefire and continuing their attacks against army soldiers.

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Post time 2014-2-11 08:00:12 |Display all floors
‘The West refuses to develop Africa’s potential’

February 10, 2014

Africa could feed itself and provide food for the rest of the world if we develop it, but the West prefers to let people die from famine and war rather than develop these countries, Lawrence Freeman from Executive Intelligence Review Magazine told RT.

RT: Hundreds of millions of dollars from the Pentagon are flowing into Africa now. Why is the continent attracting US attention?

Lawrence Freeman: The US has no good policy right now for Africa, which would mean developing the potential of the continent. And now under President Barack Obama our focus is becoming more and more on security and counter-terrorism, which now involves hundreds of millions and billions of dollars. And it’s really failing throughout the entire area of Sahara, West Africa, Central Africa… The security measures themselves have proven to be completely ineffective and it presented us with horrible conditions of worth, of life and destruction of countries.

RT: What interests does the US have in Africa? It is about democratization?

LF: I don’t think the US is trying to bring in democracy. The potential of Africa is enormous. In South Sudan, which is now almost in a civil war, this is the most fertile land untapped in the continent which could feed almost 1 billion people. The West has refused to develop its potential. China is not buying up oil fields and resources. China has an arrangement with their coming in with infrastructure, which the United States and Europe have refused over the last 30 years. China is building infrastructure and in return they are getting paid back in various resources such as oil. Africa could feed itself and could provide food for the rest of the world if we develop it. But the Western policy has actually been a genocidal policy that is to allow people to die from famine, from war and from disease rather than [to] develop these countries.

RT: There are reports that Africa's Republic of Djibouti, north of Somalia, is the place where the Pentagon is now expanding its activities the most. What might be the reason for that?

LF: Yes, the US many years ago took over an old French base there and they are now expanding it from about 2,500 up to maybe 4,000. This is unfortunately Obama’s policy to Africa. It has probably been the greatest militarization of Africa that we've seen under any president. He makes these lying comments about doubling access to electricity in Africa. And then the main deployment has been this military capability and there are many other bases being built up in Africa, including possibly new bases in South Sudan, and there are many bases now where we are warehousing drones.

    In summer 2013, the Obama Administration unveiled the Power Africa program, a commitment of $7 billion to expand energy access across the continent. By January 2014, the Power Africa program had attracted $2.7billion in investments. In August 2014 President Obama is planning to hold a US-Africa summit, seeking to widen US trade, development and security ties with an increasingly dynamic continent.

So all this money that has been spent could much better be spent building roads, building energy power plants, building water development projects. And actually I believe the population of Africa and we refuse to do it, we have a military only policy right now. China has a different policy and for their own reasons, China is developing Africa, benefiting from it; they are building something. And the US and the West have refused to build any substantial infrastructure probably since the 1970s.

RT: We can see that many African states are rather unstable now. Is it possible to say that US missions are helping to improve the situation here?

LF: That’s the point. How is this helping? We spent over a billion dollars in counter-terrorism security in Sahel, West Africa and North Africa. And we've seen the Mali [leadership] toppled a year ago, we've seen the rise of Boko Haram, we committed the absolute criminal stupidity of overthrowing President Gaddafi, which Obama, Susan Rice and Samanta Power went for. So how is this security helping? Look at the Central African Republic. It’s been destroyed, it almost doesn't exist anymore. Look at Nigeria, look at South Sudan, look at Mali… They are still fighting terrorism in Northern Mali with French troops.

RT: Reuters reports the US Defense Department could ask Congress for 4.5 billion dollars in extra funds for missile defense, part of which will go towards a new radar based in Alaska. What's your take on that?

LF: There is a grouping in military that is not in favor of militarization, in fact this patriotic group in the military has kept us out of war in Syria for the last year. But the Obama Administration and the people advising him really don’t care at all about the welfare of the people of Africa, and they are going to let them die, and they [people] are actually dying in Africa.

All this propaganda that the US is trying to help Africa and we are going to double access to electricity… this is a lie that is repeated throughout Washington. We are not doing anything near that is necessary to develop these countries. And right now look at South Sudan. This is the country that we, the US and Britain, helped to create, and we have completely deserted the country and it’s destroying itself because we didn't develop it when it became independent. We weren't concerned about [its] development, we threw it to the wind and now we are suffering the consequences of it.
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