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Trump Admin follows Obama script in African military policy action…

This should be NO surprise since just about the all the  Trump Admin Pentagon bosses served under President Obama….

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American Special Ops ‘advisors’ are on the ground in more than seven countries and those and other countries have asked more…

The global reach of special operators is widening. During the peak of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, nearly 13,000 Special Operations forces were deployed on missions across the globe, but a large majority were assigned to those two countries. Now, more than half of the 8,600 elite troops overseas are posted outside the Middle East or South Asia, operating in 97 countries, according to the Special Operations Command.

Still, about one-third of the 6,000 American troops currently in Iraq and Syria are special operators, many of whom are advising local troops and militias on the front lines. About a quarter of the 8,400 American troops in Afghanistan are special operators.

In Africa, about one-third of the nearly 6,000 overall troops are Special Operations forces. The only permanent American installation on the continent is Camp Lemonnier, a sprawling base of 4,000 United States service members and civilians in Djibouti that serves as a hub for counterterrorism operations and training. The United States Air Force flies surveillance drones from small bases in Niger and Cameroon.

Elsewhere in Africa, the roles of special operators are varied, and their ranks are small, typically measured in the low dozens for specific missions. Between 200 and 300 Navy SEALs and other special operators work with African allies to hunt shadowy Shabab terrorists in Somalia. As many as 100 Special Forces soldiers help African troops pursue the notorious leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army, Joseph Kony. And Navy SEALs are training Nigerian commandos for action in the oil-rich delta.

The United States is building a $50 million drone base in Agadez, Niger, that is likely to open sometime next year to monitor Islamic State insurgents in a vast area on the southern flank of the Sahara that stretches from Senegal to Chad.

Mr. Trump’s tough talk on terrorism has been well received here in Chad, where American Special Operations and military instructors from several Western nations finished an annual three-week counterterrorism training exercise last week.

Many African soldiers and security forces said they would welcome an even larger United States military presence to help combat myriad extremist threats. “Of course we’d like more,” said Hassan Zakari Mahamadou, a police commissioner from Niger. “U.S. forces enhance us.”

The Pentagon has allocated about $250 million over two years to help train the armies and security forces of North, Central and West African countries.

But American aid and training alone — along with occasional secret unilateral strikes — will not be enough to defeat groups like Al Qaeda, Boko Haram and the Islamic State, officials say…..

More ….

image…The Huffington Post

ISIS is Collapsing…What comes in it’s place?

Let’s get past the Republican Bull Shit….

President Obama is on his way to acheving what he promised…

Defeating the group called ISIS/ISIL or the Islamic State….

The Amnerican President has used American Special Forces in combat and as ‘military adviosors’ to do this….

These action are across two countries….

Syria and Iraq….

Neither of these countries have the military might or resolve across relgious (Shia vs Sunni) views to hold on their recapured land themselves….And to deal with outside influence  of  those like Iran, Russia, and Yes …America and the West….and of course al Qaeda….

What comes Next?

It may be tempting fate to ask the question, but it must be asked all the same: What happens once Islamic State falls? The future of the Middle East may well depend on who fills the void that it leaves behind both on the ground and, perhaps more important, in the imagination of jihadists around the world.

As we mark the 15th anniversary this weekend of the terrorist attacks of 9/11, one likely consequence of the demise of ISIS (as Islamic State in Iraq and Syria is often known) will be to revive its ideological rival, al Qaeda, which opposed Mr. Baghdadi’s ambitions from the start. Al Qaeda may yet unleash a fresh wave of terrorist attacks in the West and elsewhere—as may the remnants of Islamic State, eager to show that they still matter.

“Simply having ISIS go away doesn’t mean that the jihadist problem goes away,” said Daniel Benjamin of Dartmouth College, who served as the State Department’s counterterrorism coordinator during the Obama administration. “Eliminating the caliphate will be an achievement—but more likely, it will be just the end of the beginning rather than the beginning of the end.”

What made Islamic State unique—and, until recently, so appealing to many young, disaffected Muslims—is that it managed to create an actual state in Syria and Iraq……

A battle cry to fight the Islamic State Everywhere….Huh?

I’m posting this to show people what this country should NOT do…..

I am behind President Obama’s efforts to enable nations of the Middle East and beyond to mobilize THEIR people to fight against ISIS, Al Qaeda and others….( The President HAS also decided to try to form a relationship with Iran….No matter how hard he tries this Dog believes that nation WILL develop a nuclear weapon…Even if it does work out a loose relationship with the West)

There have successions of imperial powers that have tried to ‘tame’ those who use Islam as excuse to exert power over the masses….None have succeeded to any great measure….

There is NO reason to think that America and its partner countries will do any better….

Violent acts by these groups magnified by media will NOT change the situation Western politicians will face once once their soldiers start getting hurt….

So read the linked pice below and know that it is from a solder that has support from mostly old politicians in America who will not be on the front lines and probably won’t have their kids there either….Make no mistake he is arguing for a WWII effort across the planet involving hundreds of thousands of soliders at a cost of hundreds of Billions of dollars….

We should help those to fight these militant groups…

But we should NOT lead with our young men and women….

American officials said this week they plan to train up to 25,000 Iraqi troops in a major mission to retake Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, from Islamic State militants sometime this spring.

The mission is welcome, but frankly it is unlikely to succeed unless there is, at the same time, a deeper understanding on the part of our government of the real threat that the Islamic State and its adherents pose to us as a nation—and what our role in this broader fight must be. Unless the United States takes dramatically more action than we have done so far in Iraq, the fractious, largely Shiite-composed units that make up the Iraqi army are not likely to be able, by themselves, to overwhelm a Sunni stronghold like Mosul, even though they outnumber the enemy by ten to one. The United States must be prepared to provide far more combat capabilities and enablers such as command and control, intelligence, logistics, and fire support, to name just a few things.

Yet to defeat an enemy, you first must admit they exist, and this we have not done. I believe there continues to be confusion at the highest level of our government about what it is we’re facing, and the American public want clarity as well as moral and intellectual courage, which they are not now getting.

There are some who argue that violent Islamists are not an existential threat and therefore can simply be managed as criminals, or as a local issue in Iraq and Syria. I respectfully and strongly disagree…..


The Liberal media doesn’t believe the President on his war on terror…Red State

WaPo might be insinuating Obama’s strategy won’t work

I’ve been doing a lot of WaPo reading lately, and I’m starting to notice a trend there and in the rest of the liberal media – there is a definite wariness on the part of the journalism elite regarding the Middle East. They posted a story with a headline you might not expect to see from them, “As U.S. takes on the Islamic State, al-Qaeda remains degraded but not defeated”:

As the United States mobilized against new Islamist enemies this month, the voice of an aging adversary echoed in the distance.

Ayman al-Zawahiri, one of al-Qaeda’s founders and its leader for the past three years, released a video announcing the formation of a new affiliate in India and lamenting the turmoil being caused by the rival Islamic State in Syria.

“Oh mujahideen, unite and reject differences and discord,” he said in a pleading tone that seemed to underscore the declining relevance of al-Qaeda’s core, the
Pakistan-based group that orchestrated the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

But Zawahiri was silent on a far more sensitive project — the creation of a cell in Syria dedicated to plots against the United States — that once again made predictions of the demise of al-Qaeda’s core seem premature.

The news came out that during the initial bombing runs over ISIS, there was also a strike on a group called “Khorasan,” which was organized by one of the three masterminds of Al Qaeda, Zawahiri. See, we set this timetable for the withdrawal of U.S. forces from parts of the Middle East, which terror groups (like Al Qaeda and ISIS) picked up on and simply decided to outlast. The WaPo is exactly right in calling it a “dormant fight.”

If you’re not working pulling out a weed by the root, it will simply grow back…..



Is this a post against Obama and and FOR American combat solders fighting directly against the Islamic State?

Or  JUST for an Republican righty to assume the Presidency in 2016?

It’s interesting while some of us HOPE for NO reintroduction of American combat troops in Iraq…

Some are giving Obama a HARD time for trying to keep our men and woman out of the fight….

The President is looking for legislation to authorize action outside 9/11 groups…

…from Politico….

A top White House official suggested Saturday that Congress pass new legislation to support President Barack Obama’s authority to act against an array of terrorist groups not clearly linked to the September 11 attacks.

White House counterterrorism adviser Lisa Monaco said the Authorization for the Use of Military Force passed three days after the 2001 strikes is dated and becoming less useful as radical groups with an anti-American bent metastasize to various parts of the world.

“The 2001 AUMF has provided us authority to go after terrorist actors and address the threats that they pose that fit within that definition. We are now 13, 14 years on from that and we’re seeing the emergence of other actors,” Monaco said during an appearance at the Aspen Security Forum. “I think there absolutely is a reason to have an authority to enable us to take the fight to these evolving terrorists that we’ve talked about.”

In a speech last year, Obama said the U.S. shouldn’t be “on a perpetual wartime footing” and he appeared to call for a wind-down of the 2001 measure, which was akin to a declaration of war.

“Groups like [Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula] must be dealt with, but in the years to come, not every collection of thugs that labels themselves al Qaeda will pose a credible threat to the United States,” the president said at the National Defense University in May 2013. “Unless we discipline our thinking, our definitions, our actions, we may be drawn into more wars we don’t need to fight, or continue to grant Presidents unbound powers more suited for traditional armed conflicts between nation states. So, I look forward to engaging Congress and the American people in efforts to refine, and ultimately repeal, the AUMF’s mandate. And I will not sign laws designed to expand this mandate further.”

However, Monaco indicated Saturday that White House views refining the use-of-force measure as potentially encompassing a definition of the enemy that would actually be expanded from the current measure, which is limited to entities linked to the 2001 attacks and associated forces….



The piece ends with this…..

In a letter to Congress Friday, National Security Adviser Susan Rice said that even if that AUMF is repealed, the president would act militarily to protect American interests and would “consult closely with leaders in Congress” about such moves.

No American President is going to give up the right to act against a group that would threaten Americans anyplace on the planet….

No Congress or American Court would challenge the President’s Right to do so….

And NO President is NOT gonna advise the senior leaders and committee chairs before or after they  move to do so….

Al Qaeda Group takes parts of Fallujah as Local Militia’s fight back…

The country has fallen back into the traditional battleground between Sunni and Shia Muslims….

With the US/NATO forces no longer there to support the countries national military….Things have splintered….The Kurds are declaring their right to go their own way with oil imports ….And this is going on….

And the US/NATO is rushing to ship arms to the countries military , but the fight in places like Fallujah?

It’s the local militia’s that are fighting the loss group of Al Qaeda Islamic militants ….

Fallujah was the location of one of bloodiest battle fought by American and NATO force just years ago…

The capture of Fallujah came amid an explosion of violence across the western desert province of Anbar in which local tribes, Iraqi security forces and al-Qaeda-affiliated militants have been fighting one another for days in a confusingly chaotic three-way war.

Elsewhere in the province, local tribal militias claimed they were gaining ground against the al-Qaeda militants who surged into urban areas from their desert strongholds this week after clashes erupted between local residents and the Iraqi security forces.

In Fallujah, where Marines fought the bloodiest battle of the Iraq war in 2004, the militants appeared to have the upper hand, underscoring the extent to which the Iraqi security forces have struggled to sustain the gains made by U.S. troops before they withdrew in December 2011.

The upheaval also affirmed the soaring capabilities of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the rebranded version of the al-Qaeda in Iraq organization that was formed a decade ago to confront U.S. troops and expanded into Syria last year while escalating its activities in Iraq. Roughly a third of the 4,486 U.S. troops killed in Iraq died in Anbar trying to defeat al-Qaeda in Iraq, nearly 100 of them in the November 2004 battle for control of Fallujah, the site of America’s bloodiest confrontation since the Vietnam War.

Events Friday suggested the fight may have been in vain.

“At the moment, there is no presence of the Iraqi state in Fallujah,” said a local journalist who asked not to be named because he fears for his safety. “The police and the army have abandoned the city, al-Qaeda has taken down all the Iraqi flags and burned them, and it has raised its own flag on all the buildings.”

At Friday prayers , held outdoors and attended by thousands of people, a masked ISIS fighter took the podium and addressed the crowd, declaring the establishment of an “Islamic emirate” in Fallujah and promising to help residents fight the government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and his Iranian allies…..


Republicans charge NY Times Benghazi report is pro-Hillary ….

The New York Times investigation into the Benghazi attack paints a picture of a ‘fog of war’ situation in which the US Ambassador knew he was in ‘hot zone’ when he went out talk with people in the city….The report also points to a local war lord as the person who started an ad hoc attack on the people that ended up getting hurt….

The report makes no mention of then Secretary Hillary Clinton and makes then US UN Amb. Susan Rice’s first announcements mostly correct….

One can expect more complaints from the Republicans since they are using the incident to political pick at any Hillary Clinton 2016 Presidential run….

A GOP member of the House Intelligence Committee alleged Monday that the New York Times published a story about the Benghazi, Libya, attack in order to advance Hillary Clinton’s possible White House bid

Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-Ga.) described the newspaper report as “totally unsatisfactory and completely false” after it turned up no evidence that al Qaeda — or other “international terrorist groups” —was involved in the attack last year that killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Smith.

Westmoreland said the Times could be trying to help lay the groundwork for Clinton’s presidential run in 2016. Clinton led the State Department during the attack.

“The reports by the New York Times was — I don’t know why they put it out unless it was for political reasons, but we thoroughly dispute that story as far as the link to al Qaeda,” he said Monday on Fox News.

“Of course Secretary Clinton was in charge at the time, and you know there are just now a lot of rumors going and pushing about her running for president in 2016,” he said. “So I think they are already laying the groundwork.”

He also accused the newspaper of attempting to absolve Clinton and the Obama administration……


No al Qaeda link to Benghazi attack…And Plenty of Mixed Loyalties

The New York Times is out with a look at the attacks against Americans  in Benghazi and finds , as it tends to be in real life, a LOT crazy things going on at once…..

A local militia leader , the piece  concludes, is the prime suspect…Not al Qaeda…..


This militia leader is STILL operating in the area…..

And he was overlooked by the CIA people in the Benghazi area…..


There is NO Mention of then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the piece….

Months of investigation by The New York Times, centered on extensive interviews with Libyans in Benghazi who had direct knowledge of the attack there and its context, turned up no evidence that Al Qaeda or other international terrorist groups had any role in the assault. The attack was led, instead, by fighters who had benefited directly from NATO’s extensive air power and logistics support during the uprising against Colonel Qaddafi. And contrary to claims by some members of Congress, it was fueled in large part by anger at an American-made video denigrating Islam.

A fuller accounting of the attacks suggests lessons for the United States that go well beyond Libya. It shows the risks of expecting American aid in a time of desperation to buy durable loyalty, and the difficulty of discerning friends from allies of convenience in a culture shaped by decades of anti-Western sentiment. Both are challenges now hanging over the American involvement in Syria’s civil conflict.

The attack also suggests that, as the threats from local militants around the region have multiplied, an intensive focus on combating Al Qaeda may distract from safeguarding American interests.

In this case, a central figure in the attack was an eccentric, malcontent militia leader, Ahmed Abu Khattala, according to numerous Libyans present at the time. American officials briefed on the American criminal investigation into the killings call him a prime suspect. Mr. Abu Khattala declared openly and often that he placed the United States not far behind Colonel Qaddafi on his list of infidel enemies. But he had no known affiliations with terrorist groups, and he had escaped scrutiny from the 20-person C.I.A. station in Benghazi that was set up to monitor the local situation….



The piece points out that State Department people in Benghazi WHERE aware that they where in a ‘hot spot’….But they where working to try make headway with militia’s in the area…The situation was fluid….And they knew there where risks…Amb. Steven’s worked regularly with militia’s…as pointed out here..but readily in the media….the CIA was also operating in the Benghazi area , with security provided by CIA, ex-US military special operators…

In the New York Times piece the attack IS posted as an ad hoc operation that escalated…..The fuel for that escalation was  a video…..

The understanding of the situation was complicated and very few knew what was going on either side….(The Fog of War?)

The effort to against Islamist Terror groups in Africa….

Fresh from their efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan….The NATO countries and others along with America are starting a effort to bolster up Africa countries against militants that have the Middle East for more fertile grounds in the ‘Dark Continent’….

It is one of the poorest regions on the planet, and it is still grappling with an exodus of fighters and weapons from Libya after the fall of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi’s government; the rise of Al Qaeda’s regional arm and affiliated groups like Boko Haram in Nigeria; and the attacks on a sprawling desert gas plant here in Algeria in January, as well as two suicide strikes in neighboring Niger last month.

In January and February, the French chased out Islamists allied with Al Qaeda who had taken over the northern half of Mali last year, helping clear the path for elections there next month. But senior counterterrorism officials now fret that the campaign scattered a hodgepodge of remaining fighters to a new sanctuary and staging area in southern Libya, where the government in Tripoli has no control.

“We all are really concerned by the growing threat,” said Mohamed Kamel Rezag Bara, a special adviser to Algeria’s president, Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

The two-day meeting here in this seaside city was organized by the Global Counterterrorism Forum, an organization of 29 countries and the European Union created two years ago with the State Department’s support to act as a clearinghouse of ideas and actions for civilian counterterrorism specialists.

One of the forum’s five areas of focus is the Sahel, with wealthier Western, Middle Eastern and Asian nations partnering with some of the continent’s poorest countries to address a range of issues.

In this week’s closed meetings, officials discussed border surveillance, enhanced intelligence and police cooperation, the rule of law, arms trafficking and undercutting terrorists’ financial networks, according to a conference agenda and interviews with more than a dozen participants.

“What’s encouraging is that the regional countries here recognize what kind of assistance they need and are able to define that,” said Michele Coduri, chief of the Swiss Foreign Ministry’s international security section. “That’s not always been the case.”

Terrorism experts estimate that about half of the $120 million paid in ransoms to terrorist groups worldwide since 2004 have gone to Al Qaeda’s branch here and affiliated groups, providing a steady stream of funds to pay fighters, buy increasingly sophisticated weaponry and underwrite Qaeda operatives elsewhere.


Another Hundred Years War? I’m sure the Three Amigos would like that, but…Whatever Works….

….by  @ Whatever Works…..


Romney aside, Obama aside, serious things appear to be happening.

The usual noise machine is going all ‘we can’t let this stand’. I assume they want to shoot someone.

Iran, Afghanistan, Iraq, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia . . . shall we wage war on all of them? Because that could precipitate war with one billion people.

War with a billion people who mostly don’t want war with us.

War with a billion people because of the actions of  a hundred thousand? A few hundred thousand? The militants among the billion? The Islamists amongst a billion Muslims? Wage war on a billion people?

If the neo-con dreams come true, that’s what we’ll have. And Saudi Arabia couldn’t stop it; the Saudi royal family would probably be wiped out early on. They’ve been in Al Qaeda’s gun sights for some time.

You think it can’t happen?

Check out the 11th and 12th Centuries…..

Airstrike kills terrorist Awlaki, military says…..

The US contiues to hunt down the Al Qeada leadership wherever they are…..

The Yemen military has announced that an airstrike has killed Anwar Awlaki, a radical U.S.-born cleric and prominent voice in an Al Qaeda affiliate that spread Islamic extremism across the Arabian Peninsula and was behind failed attempts to blow up American airplanes.

Details of the attack on Awlaki were sparse, but news of his death came as Washington was providing intelligence and predator drones to the Yemeni army to defeat Al Qaeda operatives in the country’s rugged mountains. Yemen media reported that Awlaki was targeted in an airstrike in the Marib region of northern Yemen.

A U.S. official in Washington with access to intelligence said the Obama administration has confirmed that Awlaki is dead. But the official would not say what role, if any, U.S. drones or missiles may have played in an attack that will likely set back Islamic militant networks, which have exploited Yemen’s political chaos by taking over villages and towns…..


Say what you want about President Obama….

But he has FAR surpassed George Bush, or any President since Roosevelt  in the hunt for terrorist’s,

and over seeing military action by this country…

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US Predator and Reaper drones are deployed to Africa ….

I have explained to anyone who will listen…..

That …..

In addition to….

But….Not after……  

The Middle East military actions slow down …..

(The US will have troops in the Middle East for a LONG…long time)

Africa is next.

The US had set up a Africa Command several years ago…

Special Operators are running around the continent already..

And now an acknowledgement that the Unmanned (but armed) Drones are up and running there …..

In fact…

They actually have been for a while….

(Somalia, Yemen and Libya)

I will Repeat….

The Fight  is NEVER gonna be over….

It doesn’t matter who the President is….

This country is now committed to seeking terrorist’s anywhere on the planet….

And that isn’t gonna stop the US from seeking them out…


The MQ-9 Reaper drone  (Photo Defense Department)

The move comes as Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and other officials have stressed a need to urgently follow up on the killing of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in May with operations to destroy his terrorist organization.

U.S. officials say they are concerned that al Qaeda—under pressure from U.S. operations in Pakistan—is moving to expand operations through its affiliates in East Africa, and that a new charismatic militant leader could emerge there.

Stepped-up surveillance on the militant groups is needed to help keep al Qaeda affiliates in check, officials said.

“We do not know enough about the leaders of the al Qaeda affiliates in Africa,” said a senior U.S. official. “Is there a guy out there saying, ‘I am the future of al Qaeda’? Who is the next Osama bin Laden?”

The U.S. military has long operated a base in Djibouti, in the Horn of Africa, and has already used drones against militants in Somalia……



I am sure this program will NOT be touched by Congress….