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Max Forte's List: AFRICOM

    • AFRICOM, the US military command in Africa, which has been publicly opposed by every country on the continent except Liberia
    • Keenan is a professor of social anthropology at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London and has spent over four decades working in and writing about this region. He traces AFRICOM and the US military concern over al-Qaeda’s presence in Africa back to the February 2003 kidnapping of thirty-two European tourists in Algeria’s Sahara desert. The hostage taking was widely blamed on Islamic militants thought to be affiliated with al-Qaeda, but Professor Keenan argues that the Bush administration and the Algerian government were the ones to blame.

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    • July 23, 2008
    • Representative Stephen Lynch (D-MA) noted that leading with the military is a “projection we don’t want to make on the continent.”

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    • So now, when the US declares Africa to be a very important region and pays special attention to it, one has got to be suspicious. With little fanfare, on 1 October the US officially launched a new militarised initiative for Africa that has come to be known as AfriCOM, or the Africa Command. The announcement was held in a small press conference at the Pentagon where Defense Secretary Robert Gates stated: ‘AfriCOM represents yet another important step in modernizing our defense arrangements in light of 21st century realities.’
    • According to William (Kip) Ward, the African-American General who will be heading the command, AfriCOM is about ensuring security and interventions to prevent war and conflicts

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    • U.S. and Somali officials say Somalia's al-Shabab jihadist, or holy war, movement is growing, and uses foreign trainers with battlefield experience from other conflicts.
    • The threat posed by the training camps was underscored in federal court documents unsealed Nov. 23 in Minneapolis, home to a large Somali-American community. An indictment against several Somali-Americans who allegedly fought in Somalia said trainees at one camp included dozens of ethnic Somalis from Somalia and other African countries, Europe and the United States.

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    • Ward Underscores America's Commitment to Advance Security, Stability and Peace in Africa
    • By Sergeant Wayne Woolley

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    • #AFRICOM African Lion 2010: Utah Air National Guard Conducts Chemical Training with Moroccan Counterparts
    • New York National Guard Hosts South African Defense Force Chief
    • LATHAM, N.Y., 
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      May 18, 2010 — South Africa's top general visited New York National Guard headquarters in Latham, May 17, 2010, the second day of a week-long tour of U.S. military headquarters.

      General Godfrey Ngwenya, chief of the South African National Defense Force, was briefed on New York National Guard disaster relief and civil support capabilities. He also heard about the role of the New York State Emergency Office from SEMO Director John Gibb, as well as getting a rundown on New York State Police and the functions of the New York State Intelligence Center.

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    • November 08, 2007
    • Actor and Activist Danny Glover & TransAfrica Forum’s Nicole Lee on the U.S. Militarization of Africa and Africom

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    • Say No to Africom

    • With little scrutiny from Democrats in Congress and nary a whimper of protest from the liberal establishment, the United States will soon establish permanent military bases in sub-Saharan Africa. An alarming step forward in the militarization of the African continent, the US Africa Command (Africom) will oversee all US military and security interests throughout the region, excluding Egypt. Africom is set to launch by September 2008 and the Senate recently confirmed Gen. William "Kip" Ward as its first commander.

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    • Socio-Cultural Research And Advisory Team (SCRAT) Member: Djibouti, Africa
    • Position Description 

      Location: Djibouti 

      Duration: One-year contract

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    • With its capacity for political as well as military engagement and for conflict prevention as well as traditional war-fighting, AFRICOM has the potential to serve as a model for future interagency security cooperation efforts abroad. But what AFRICOM does is more important than how the command is structured. What is the strategic rationale for increased U.S. security engagement with African countries? What are the emerging threats and challenges in Africa, and how should they be addressed?
    • Somalia, Libya, Uganda: US increases Africa focus

    • NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — While putting few U.S. troops at risk, the United States is playing a growing role in Africa's military battles, using special forces advisers, drones and tens of millions of dollars in military aid to combat a growing and multifaceted security threat.

      Once again, the focus is Somalia, the lawless nation that was the site of America's last large-scale military intervention in Africa in the early 1990s. By the time U.S. forces departed, 44 Army soldiers, Marines and airmen had been killed and dozens more wounded.

      This time the United States is playing a less visible role, providing intelligence and training to fight militants across the continent, from Mauritania in the west along the Atlantic coast, to Somalia in the east along the Indian Ocean.

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      Why Obama is sending troops to Africa – a closer look

       The 100 US Special Operations troops sent to central Africa will act as 'military advisers' in the hunt for Joseph Kony, the murderous rebel leader of the Lord's Resistance Army rebel group.

    • By Scott Baldauf | Christian Science Monitor 

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    • Africa Lies Naked to Euro-American Military Offensive

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      Wed, 11/30/2011
    • by BAR executive editor Glen Ford


        As the U.S. and its NATO allies move southward to further consolidate their grip on Africa, following the seizure of Libya and its vast oil fields, most of the continent’s leadership seems to welcome re-absorption into empire. “Africa is the most vulnerable region in America’s warpath, a continent ripe for the plucking due to the multitudinous entanglements of Africa’s political and military classes with imperialism.” AFRICOM is already in the cat-bird seat, placed there by Africans, themselves.

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