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US sends even more troops into Africa…to find ‘Kony’

Kony

In an expanded attempt to continue the hunt for warlord Joseph Kony, President Obama has authorized the deployment of military aircraft and about 150 Special Operations forces to Uganda. According to the Washington Post, the administration notified Congress of the deployments as they began on Sunday, and the troop movement was later confirmed to Reuters by the Defense Department. The ... Read More »

Africom: US opens drone base in Niger

U.S. begins drone operation in Niger

The US has set up a new drone base in Niger reportedly aimed at fighting al-Qaeda and its affiliates in Africa and helping French troops in their war on Mali. A report by The New York Times said on Friday that the US deployed a number of Predator drones to Niger, suggesting a shift in Washington’s anti-terrorism efforts towards Africa. “Consistent with ... Read More »

U.S. action in Mali is another undeclared war – Ron Paul

Mali

President Obama last week began his second term by promising that “a decade of war is now ending.” As he spoke, the US military was rapidly working its way into another war, this time in the impoverished African country of Mali. As far as we know, the US is only providing transport and intelligence assistance to France, which initiated the ... Read More »

Africom: US to build new drone bases in Africa

US drone base

The US is planning to consolidate its position in Africa with a new drone outpost in Niger, with the stated purpose of providing unarmed surveillance support to French efforts in Mali and keeping tabs on al-Qaeda elements on the continent. The robotic unmanned aircraft would likely be based in Niger, on the eastern border of Mali, where French forces are ... Read More »

Russia accuses west of arming Mali “Al-Qaeda” rebels

Al Qaeda Mali

Define irony? Here is one, or rather two, tries. Back in the 1970s, it was none other than the US that armed the Taliban “freedom fighters” fighting against the USSR in the Soviet-Afghanistan war, only to see these same freedom fighters eventually and furiously turn against the same US that provided them with arms and money, with what ended up ... Read More »

US deploying troops to 35 African countries

Marine Readiness Exercise off Horn of Africa

The United States Army will be deploying troops to nearly three-dozen African nations in the coming year. Soldiers based out of Fort Riley, Kansas’ 2nd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division will begin training in March 2013 in order to prepare for a project that will send troops to as many as 35 African nations, the Associated Press reports. Citing a growing ... Read More »

Bad News for Africa: 3,000 more U.S. soldiers are on the way

Africom

The United States plans to permanently station a U.S. Army brigade on African soil, beginning next year. Is this the start of something big – and ominous – or “only a benign creeping U.S. military presence in Africa?” “The obvious mission is to lock down the entire continent.” When President Obama deployed 100 U.S. troops to Uganda a year ago ... Read More »

US to deploy more than 3,000 troops to Africa

US military charge

All of those troops leaving Afghanistan during the next two years will have to go somewhere, right? The US Army will deploy thousands of soldiers across the continent of Africa during 2013. The Army Times confirms that the US military gave the go-ahead for the mass deployment last month and that roughly 3,000 soldiers will soon be sent overseas, with ... Read More »

Kony 2012 is a scam

kony 2012 Uganda oil

Let’s be clear here: there would be no military intervention in Africa if their #1 export was broccoli. Out of nowhere a film called “Kony 2012″ calling for a US invasion of Uganda to kill a man named Joseph Kony became the fastest-growing social media campaign ever. This film uploaded by Invisible Children Inc. has received over 75 million views ... Read More »