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US quietly assumes military posture in Africa
Yahoo ^ | 10/27/11 | Jason Straziuso - ap

Posted on 10/27/2011 12:17:44 PM PDT by NormsRevenge

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — By the time U.S. military forces left Somalia in 1994 after entering the lawless nation more than a year earlier to stop a famine, 44 Army soldiers, Marines and airmen had been killed and dozens more wounded. Thus ended America's last large-scale military intervention in Africa.

But the U.S. has come back, using special forces advisers, drones and tens of millions of dollars in military aid to combat a growing and multifaceted security threat. This time the United States is playing a less obtrusive role but is focusing once again on Somalia.

While putting few U.S. troops at risk, the United States is also providing intelligence and training to fight militants across the continent, from Mauritania in the west along the Atlantic Ocean, to Somalia in the east along the Indian Ocean.

The Pentagon is paying a lot more attention to Africa than in years past, analysts say. ..

And, most worrisome to the United States, an al-Qaida-linked group in Somalia has recruited dozens of Americans, most of them of Somali descent.

"If you ask me what keeps me awake at night, it is the thought of an American passport-holding person who transits through a training camp in Somalia and gets some skill and then finds their way back into the United States to attack Americans here in our homeland," Gen. Carter Ham, the commander of the U.S. Africa Command, said in Washington this month. "That's mission failure for us."

U.S. and European officials also worry that AQIM is working to establish contacts with Boko Haram and al-Shabab, the Islamist Somali insurgent group.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 1994; africa; alqaeda; alshabaab; alshabab; alshabbab; alshebab; aqim; assumes; bokoharam; lies; militaryposture; obama; operationrestorehope; quietly; somalia; soros; uganda; whereiscongress
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To: Molon Labbie

Somewhere between Uganda and Somoalia lies St. Mary’s Church...?


51 posted on 10/27/2011 3:41:42 PM PDT by EBH (God Humbles Nations, Leaders, and Peoples before He uses them for His Purpose)
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To: Molon Labbie
Do we really have to kick everyone’s butt in the world? What are our strategic interests in Africa?

I suppose you can claim we're countering Chinese power in the region, but that's a stretch.

Maybe we should ask: What are the interests of the State Department and the Department of Defense in the region?

This kind of meddling strengthens DoD and DoS influence, gives them greater budgets and gives them more things to do.

And anyone who criticizes this patronage system is tarred as an isolationist.

52 posted on 10/27/2011 4:06:38 PM PDT by Dumb_Ox
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To: NormsRevenge

Had I a son or daughter of the age to join the military, I would do everything possible I could to keep them from it. This country is run by a madman, and US military lives are the price. He is undoing everything that was good about our efforts in Afghanistan and Iraq, and he is doing everything that is evil when it comes to helping Muslims take control of more countries. Neither I or any of my family will have anything to do with it.


53 posted on 10/27/2011 4:11:05 PM PDT by Gaffer
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To: NormsRevenge
"If you ask me what keeps me awake at night, it is the thought of an American passport-holding person who transits through a training camp in Somalia and gets some skill and then finds their way back into the United States to attack Americans here in our homeland," Gen. Carter Ham, the commander of the U.S. Africa Command, said in Washington this month. "That's mission failure for us."

Gen. Ham, I'm much, much more worried about a full fledged, armed to the teeth, group of al-Qaida coming over our porous southern border, possibly bring an Iranian nuke with them, and wreaking havoc here in the US.

Talk about mission failure!

54 posted on 10/27/2011 4:11:32 PM PDT by upchuck (Rerun: Think you know hardship? Wait till the dollar is no longer the world's reserve currency.)
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To: Go Gordon
This is so wrong in so many ways - Obama has made a gigantic mistake

Correction - Obama IS a gigantic mistake

Let Obama be Obama! Obie is by far his own worst enemy. Only he can snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

55 posted on 10/27/2011 5:11:29 PM PDT by Calusa (The pump don't work cause the vandals took the handles. Quoth Bob Dylan.)
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To: Go Gordon
This is so wrong in so many ways - Obama has made a gigantic mistake

Correction - Obama IS a gigantic mistake

Let Obama be Obama! Obie is by far his own worst enemy. Only he can snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

56 posted on 10/27/2011 5:12:42 PM PDT by Calusa (The pump don't work cause the vandals took the handles. Quoth Bob Dylan.)
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To: Recovering_Democrat
Hussein is a joke.

Congress is a joke.

57 posted on 10/27/2011 6:10:19 PM PDT by Talisker (History will show the Illuminati won the ultimate Darwin Award.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Where is cindy sheehan? Where is Code Pink? Oh, I forgot,,,


58 posted on 10/27/2011 6:18:13 PM PDT by chessplayer
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To: Talisker

Senate yes, the House is trying to do the right thing.


59 posted on 10/27/2011 6:25:28 PM PDT by Recovering_Democrat
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To: NormsRevenge

We are making Africa safe...for the Chinese.


60 posted on 10/27/2011 6:27:59 PM PDT by henkster (Socialists and liberals all want jobs; they just don't want to work.)
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To: NormsRevenge

If you have interests everywhere, then u have effectiveness NOWHERE. And in between the medium-long list of nations you love and the short list of those you hate there SHOULD be a super long list of simply nations you don’t care about:

AFRICA..!!!!

Africa veritably LEAPS into my mind, there.

It’s screwed up, and that’s sad, and IT IS PERMANENT.

So WHAT if they’re animists, or Christian, or Muslim or WHATEVUH, the most effective war on ANY throat-slitting African trip is best fought at the American IMMIGRATION BOOTH.

I can’t believe we’re doing this.

“No War for Oil”...? Hey a war for oil is MILES better than a war for NOTHING, which neatly describes ANY war in Africa, EVAR...


61 posted on 10/27/2011 7:06:40 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: Molon Labbie
"Do we really have to kick everyone’s butt in the world? What are our strategic interests in Africa"?

In the war on terror we have only a tactical interest.

However, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Iraq and the smaller Gulf states have an existential interest in the Horn of Africa, as does Kenya.

We need to protect those regimes for 10 more years so that we can bring on domestic supplies of hydrocarbons.

We have Strategic Interests there by extension.

62 posted on 10/27/2011 7:13:20 PM PDT by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: RichInOC
BOhica

63 posted on 10/27/2011 7:29:29 PM PDT by LomanBill (Animals! The DemocRats blew up the windmill with an Acorn!)
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To: chessplayer
>>Where is cindy sheehan?
 
Uhuh.  Evidently having a Marxist protege of the Weathermen Underground in the White Hut has taken all the fun out of being an "anti-war" enthusiast.
"Vacaville resident Cindy Sheehan has been arrested at a Wall Street protest in Sacramento."
http://www.google.com/#sclient=psy-ab&hl=en&source=hp&q=cindy+sheehan+"Occupy+Wallstreet"
 

64 posted on 10/27/2011 7:42:01 PM PDT by LomanBill (Animals! The DemocRats blew up the windmill with an Acorn!)
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To: GlockThe Vote

One war ends another starts.
...............

The guy I’m going to vote for POTUS is the one who says it’s time to take care of the USA, not the world. It’s time defense means defending our own borders and not Afghanistan’s or Iraq or any other country. We’re going broke taking care of and rebuilding other countries mostly for profiteers and not for Americans. It’s time to end this craziness and end the foreign aid giveaways too, which are not even on the super committee agenda for cuts.

I won’t even get into the destruction that this is doing to our military readiness when we really need a defense.


65 posted on 10/27/2011 7:53:46 PM PDT by apoliticalone (Honest govt. that operates in the interest of US sovereignty and the people, not global $$$)
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To: Molon Labbie

Nigeria for starters.

Where the US is absent chaos produces huge problems for us and our interests across the globe like it or not. Not that I have any hope or expectation this idiot knows how to protect our interests. Quite the contrary.


66 posted on 10/27/2011 11:03:28 PM PDT by arrogantsob (Obama must Go.)
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To: Molon Labbie
What are our strategic interests in Africa?

Cheap real world weapons testing. You blow up a few Africans to make sure the weapons systems can work in the field when operated by our troops before you buy a large contract supply of them from the manufacturer. It gives you honest feedback from the troops using the equipment and a realistic assessment of how effective the hardware is when deployed half a world away, and nobody gets hurt, ... excepting a few nobodies. /s

67 posted on 10/28/2011 12:16:50 AM PDT by ME-262 (We need Term Limits for the federal house and senate. We need new Bums up there.)
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To: ME-262

Whne you think about it, the Chinese will have every chance when black tribes begin attacking Chinese farmers. If black dictators start terrorizing Chinese farmers, the Chinese government can treat this as a chance to retaliate militarily in the viewpoint of protecting their citizens and interests. It would be the perfect testing ground for their military capabilites. They can then end up figuring out their strengths and weaknesses and find out what needs to be improved.


68 posted on 10/28/2011 1:47:39 AM PDT by Niuhuru (The Internet is the digital AIDS; adapting and successfully destroying the MSM host.)
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To: Gaffer

Smart move. Obama is getting crazier by the month and by the time it’s time for him to leave, he will likely have ot be sent to the loony bin. By sending our troops over there ot be butchered, he is sending them to die over ntohing worth fighting for.


69 posted on 10/28/2011 1:49:06 AM PDT by Niuhuru (The Internet is the digital AIDS; adapting and successfully destroying the MSM host.)
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To: apoliticalone

Our troops should come home where htey are wanted and will be appreciated. I am sick of our troops being used to police the world, the world that makes America so much of a target.


70 posted on 10/28/2011 1:50:20 AM PDT by Niuhuru (The Internet is the digital AIDS; adapting and successfully destroying the MSM host.)
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To: La Enchiladita

I would think any troops stationed abroad are “combat ready”


71 posted on 10/28/2011 4:37:01 AM PDT by cport (How can political capital be spent on a bunch of ingrates)
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To: bert

airspace.


72 posted on 10/28/2011 5:07:38 AM PDT by mazda77 (and I am a Native Texan)
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To: NormsRevenge

Story starts:

“NAIROBI, Kenya”.

Hmm.

Is Obama planning an overthrow to put anyone in particular, in power there? A relative perhaps?


73 posted on 10/28/2011 5:13:08 AM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (America First)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

Someone has to secure Obama’s presidential library construction site...


74 posted on 10/28/2011 5:16:10 AM PDT by TADSLOS (Rick Perry engages in corporate welfare via Texas TEF/ETF)
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To: NormsRevenge

Yeah!....Right!....It’s only quiet because Obango told the media not to report it! What bull crap!


75 posted on 10/28/2011 8:04:01 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: NormsRevenge; Fred Nerks

Dark mContinent Occupy has been under way for a long time, Obama supports the take over of Kenya by Sharia Law, which is exactly what he did in Libya.

Now its Kenya, because Obama wants his native Luo tribe to run Kenya:

See here:( Obama campaigning for Abdi in 2007 Kenya election):

http://www.markedmanner.com/2008/08/mohamed-abdi-kenyan-obama-supporter.html

Courtesy “Fred Nerks”


76 posted on 10/28/2011 9:06:30 AM PDT by Candor7 (Obama fascist info..http://www.americanthinker.com/2.009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html)
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To: Molon Labbie
What are our strategic interests in Africa?

Same as our strategic interests in Afghanistan pre-911. The days when you could isolate yourself from your enemies are LONG gone. Al Qaeda can reach and a touch you from any place in the world.

Ain't technology grand?

77 posted on 10/28/2011 11:43:59 AM PDT by Smogger
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To: NormsRevenge

preparing again for the chicoms to take over.


78 posted on 10/28/2011 1:18:54 PM PDT by ken21
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To: NormsRevenge

Why are we allowing loads of Somali ‘refugees’ here? They are Islamists. They are troublemakers at best who sue every company they work for. Trojan horse.


79 posted on 10/28/2011 4:09:42 PM PDT by dervish (female candidates: the last frontier)
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To: NormsRevenge

Kenya to stay in Somalia until ‘threat’ is gone
http://news.yahoo.com/kenya-stay-somalia-until-threat-gone-101500862.html

The chief of Kenya’s armed forces says Kenyan troops will stay in southern Somalia until Kenyans feel safe again...

...Karangi says that although Kenya has bilateral military agreements with countries like the United States and Britain, those allies are not directly involved militarily in the incursion into Somalia.


80 posted on 10/29/2011 3:57:53 AM PDT by EBH (God Humbles Nations, Leaders, and Peoples before He uses them for His Purpose)
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To: EBH

We learned nothing from Nam.. or history for that matter.. well, maybe we didn’t .. but politicos and media did.. How to lie.. How to get a lot of innocents killed.. PolPot would be proud.


81 posted on 10/29/2011 10:54:00 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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