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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…..

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Boko Haram is still still snatching Nigerian young people….

Never mind that the US sent soldiers and FBI agents to check things out….

The militant Islamist sect Boko Haram is still targeting people …..

Far from boxing in Boko Haram and forcing it to release the girls, the Nigerian Army appears to still be battling for ground in the region where the girls were kidnapped, the country’s northeast.

Some parents and relatives say they have all but given up hope that the girls will be rescued. Diplomats here in Nigeria’s capital are also pessimistic.

“I don’t think we are significantly closer to seeing them released,” said one Western diplomat.

“It’s not looking real good,” said a second Western diplomat.

Boko Haram continues to make gains, planting bombs in cities and taking over towns, largely unchecked by an army ravaged by what diplomats say are corruption and morale problems. The diplomats spoke anonymously because none were authorized by their governments to speak openly about the efforts to rescue the kidnap victims.

Though the army recently recaptured at least one town lost to the militants, the sect still operates across big stretches of the region. It was from Chibok, a village about 80 miles south of Maiduguri, the regional capital where the group came into being, that the girls were abducted on April 14. The latest attack was reported to take place well north of Maiduguri, in the fishing community of Doron Baga, one of the many villages and towns in the state to be troubled by militants in recent months.

Boko Haram “can do whatever they want,” the second diplomat here said.

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The Holy War of Radical Islamists….

I know this isn’t something new….

The Middle East and Africa ARE in the miiddle of Holy Wars of Islam….

The religion does NOT preach violence…

But there ARE those who ARE using violence to conquer other Islamist’s …

American President;’s have run their Foreign Policies looking at things in terms of national boundaries…

That has been short sighted and wrong….

The efforts at introducing American style ‘democracy’ in most cases has been a failure….

If you talk about stability ?

The old autocrats may not have been fair….But they provided stability …

That is because they seemed to blend their peoples together by force…

Not a good thing….

But now in almost everyone of the countries they where removed there is chaos….

Things in world aren’t fair…..

And are VERY complicated…

But I have said for sometime that the American way isn’t for everyone…

We now have a President stuck ….

Like George Bush after 9/11…..

There ARE people waiting for him to do something….

There ARE people that want him to do NOTHING….

Everyday the media has stories of ISIS and Boko Haram committing violent acts….

They claim they are doing them to reestablish THEIR religion , something that has been done by other religions thru history….

That said…..

In history people are chastised for NOT doing anything to stop atrocities…..

Against that…… The question sits on President Obama’s mind….

What should I do?

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Those Nigerian Girls are STILL missing….

While everyone expected that the arrival of the American’s would mean a swift return of the over 200 Nigerian girls by the Boko Haram group….

That has NOT happened….

And Boko Haram is still operating around Nigeria….

As U.S. officials stitch together preliminary intelligence gleaned from the skies, the insurgency on the ground is rapidly seizing territory and eliminating Christians and Muslims who oppose it.

On Sunday, Boko Haram burned down a village called Kwaraglum near Chibok, the town where girls were abducted from their boarding school in April, said a local vigilante stationed nearby. That same day, they also struck another nearby town, Ndagu, said Simon Jasini, whose older brother was among 10 people killed in the raid. The group is suspected of a bombing on Tuesday that killed 14 people watching the World Cup in the city of Damaturu, said a resident who accompanied state officials to the hospital.

Back in Chibok, Rev. Mark and what family he has left head up a mountain each night so they can sleep hidden behind rocks.

“Boko Haram may attack at any time,” he said.

The gap between the public perception of American air power and what can be actually delivered in short order is on display in this remote corner of northeast Nigeria.

People here and abroad cheered the arrival of U.S. drones in May, hoping they could find 223 girls scattered across hostile territory. The drone operation has yielded little public information as to the girls’ whereabouts—or altered a lopsided battle between Boko Haram and Nigeria’s military, which has ruled out a mass rescue.

“We can’t go and kill our girls in the name of trying to get them back,” Nigeria’s defense chief, Alex Barde, told a crowd protesting the government’s response to the abduction in May. Commanders face more basic challenges, including disgruntled troops and equipment shortages.

Military spokesman Maj. Gen. Chris Olukolade didn’t return calls or emails seeking comment on the anti-Boko Haram campaign, but on Tuesday, he said his army “is tirelessly working to protect lives and property.”

Some see the U.S. drone effort as less a rescue operation and more an intelligence-gathering effort on Boko Haram, an Islamist insurgency that is seeking to establish a fundamentalist enclave in Africa’s most populous country and biggest economy.

“If it leads to the benefit of freeing those 223 girls, that’s a wonderful humanitarian benefit, but it’s not necessarily the top mission that these drones have,” said Cedric Leighton, a retired U.S. Air Force colonel and deputy training director for the National Security Agency who has advised the Department of Defense on Boko Haram.

The wider conflict, he said, pits a well-armed and ideologically committed insurgency against a stumbling and divided military: “Whatever toys we can bring to the battlefield will have little effect on the eventual outcome.”

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Nigeria ITSELF has a HUGE political and military problems which the US cannot and will not address while it is busy in other area’s around the planet….

But the intel gathering IS being done….

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Boko Haram killings in Nigerian Village could be over 100….

…from the NY Times…

The Boko Haram men, disguised in army uniforms, gathered the villagers together and promised them protection.

Then, shouting “Allahu akbar,” they opened fire, killing scores, according to three officials from the area, in northeast Nigeria along the country’s border with Cameroon.

That massacre — on Tuesday morning in the village of Attagara — was the bloodiest in a series of attacks by the sect this week in Nigeria’s far north, according to officials and Nigerian news reports, as the killings by Boko Haram continued unabated, and apparently unchecked by the country’s military.

The deadly assaults have become so pervasive that the officials spoke of the sect’s having established virtual control over an entire area in the country’s far northeast, and even hoisting their black flag in one village, Ashigashiya. A precise death count has not been established, the officials said, because the army and other government authorities were not yet present.

“There is no military presence in that area as of this night,” said Senator Ali Ndume, who represents part of Borno State, where the villages are, in Nigeria’s National Assembly. “For two to three days now, my people are under pressure, and the killing is continuing,” Mr. Ndume said Thursday night in an interview from the state capital, Maiduguri. “So far, the military is saying they are on their way to the place,” the senator said. He described the area as “under siege.”

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Breaking…Nigeria school girls location is know to their military….

Now comes the hard part…..

And will the Nigerians use expertise available to them from the US, France and Israeli’s?

Nigeria’s military has located nearly 300 school girls abducted by Islamic extremists but fears using force to try to free them could get them killed, the country’s chief of defense said Monday.

Air Marshal Alex Badeh told demonstrators supporting the much criticized military that Nigerian troops can save the girls. But he added, “we can’t go and kill our girls in the name of trying to get them back.”

He spoke to thousands of demonstrators who marched to Defense Ministry headquarters in Abuja, the capital. Many were brought in on buses, indicating it was an organized event.

Asked by reporters where they had found the girls, Badeh refused to elaborate.

“We want our girls back. I can tell you we can do it. Our military can do it. But where they are held, can we go with force?” he asked the crowd.

People roared back, “No!”

“If we go with force what will happen?” he asked….

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Nice going guy…..

Nothing like telling the bad guys WHAT ya know , eh?

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The US isn’t in a hurry to sent troops into battle in Nigeria….

The news that some Special Ops people where going to Nigeria to help look for the kidnapped young females set off questions here at the PDog and elsewhere….

Was Obama gonna mount an American full troop deployment to help the Nigeria’s?

Nope….

First of all, even if the media spotlight on the actions by Boko Haram of actually selling the female’s has gotten action….Nigeria was NOT in hurry to have the American’s come in….(Malaysia also?)

Second….The US isn’t very happy with how Nigeria has been doing its human rights thing….

Third….The US HAS military assets IN Africa already…..Though the continent is HUGE….Troops could be sent anywhere on the Africa land mass in hours….

As in the Ukraine, Syria and a couple of other place….

President Obama will lend help….

But will NOT send additional military assets so readily….

Lawmakers desperately want to help hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by a terrorist group, but not if it means sending U.S. troops to the country.

Boko Haram’s promise of selling the abducted girls into slavery shocked much of the world, triggering a social media firestorm.

First lady Michelle Obama highlighted the story on Saturday in the weekly address. “In these girls, Barack and I see our own daughters,” she said. “We see their hopes, their dreams – and we can only imagine the anguish their parents are feeling right now.”
The situation also sparked a rare moment of bipartisanship in the House, where members promised to move legislation against human trafficking.

Still, lawmakers are mostly urging indirect steps such as sanctions, intelligence sharing and assistance to the Nigerian military, rather than the deployment of U.S. troops to get the girls back themselves.

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas), who joined other representatives outside the Nigerian embassy on Wednesday to denounce the kidnappings, does not want U.S. troops involved. She said Nigerian forces and the African Union should take the lead.

“We need to get the boots that are on the ground moving at the sole purpose of finding those girls, and no I don’t think our boots on the ground should be there,” she said.

Concern for the girls stretches across the ideological spectrum, as Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), a leader of a wing of the Republican Party often against U.S. interventions, says the U.S. should provide help, at least in a limited way.

“I think, you know, in a very limited way, if there’s a way we can help find those girls, it’s probably a good idea,” he told The Hill.

The main exception to the preference against using U.S. troops has come from Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine). “More can be done by this administration,” she told CNN on Tuesday. “I would like to see Special Forces deployed to help rescue these young girls.”

U.S. involvement is complicated by the knotty conflict between the Nigerian government and Boko Haram, a fight in which the U.S has previously resisted getting too involved.

In fact, a major roadblock to further U.S. action is the Nigerian security forces’ own human rights abuses. U.S. law restricts assistance to militaries that are guilty of violating human rights.

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