Monday, 20 April 2009

A Taste of AFRICOM: Somalia did find Peace and Tried to stop Piracy until the US Bombed the S*** out of it in 2006

In 2006 "the CIA propagated that Al-Qaeda had made its base in Somalia where three senior leaders were residing.

CIA then encouraged Ethiopia to invade Somalia in support of weak TFG forces (Transitional Federal Government) against UIC fighters (Union of Islamic Courts) and promised to provide intelligence and air cover.

Ethiopian troops backed by USA invaded Somalia on 28 December 2006. The UIC was quickly defeated in a sweeping offensive and the six-month peace period was shattered.

It was believed that the UIC leadership fled into Kenya or to Yemen and the hard-line fighters cached their arms and melded back into their clans leaving the mostly untrained, new recruits to face the Ethiopian troops.

Soon after the UIC rout, two US air strikes targeted alleged Al-Qaeda bases in southern Somalia on 13 January 2007 but only innocent civilians got killed."

The Islamist movement that US and Ethiopian forces were attacking were the same people that had been trying to prevent Somali pirates from seizing ships:

Just as the US has positioned itself in the Middle East, they are also seeking to establish operations in Africa. In this case the Al Qaeda card was used in order to instigate an action here.

It appears the US fostering closer ties to the Ethiopians which is probably part of their effort to establish a permanent base of operations on the continent: AFRICOM. Thus far all the governments that have been approached have rejected the US military base proposition.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, April 20th, 2009.]

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