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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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Trump signs off on banning Muslim refugee’s from Several countries

As promised….

President Trump has directed the countries Customs and Immigration Service to halt ALL refugees from 5 Muslim countries for a period of 120 days..

It is unclear what happens to those in the system , or getting off airplanes as I type this…

Trump has ordered the 6 to 9 month several layered  reveiew process for refuges be longer…

Christians refugee’s from the named countries are to get special treatment different from Muslims….

Trump’s move will probabaly effect less than 10,000 people from the five countries involved right now…But his order also cuts the number of refugess allowed into America down from over 100,00 to 50,000….

The move may have repercussions that the Trump Admin has not anticipated …..And will certainly NOT be a good look for America and it’s Muslim’s…

The ban will affect those who helped American troops in their countries and want to come to safety in America for doing so….

Across the Muslim world, the refrain was resounding: President Trump’s freeze on refugee arrivals and visa requests from seven predominantly Muslim countries will have major diplomatic repercussions, worsen perceptions of Americans and offer a propaganda boost to the terrorist groups Mr. Trump says he is targeting.

Mr. Trump’s stance has been evident since the early days of his campaign, when he advocated a “complete and total shutdown” of all Muslims entering the United States.

President Trump has since softened his language, casting his order on Friday as a way to keep terrorists, not Muslims, out of the United States.

“We don’t want them here,” Mr. Trump said Friday, as he signed the order at the Pentagon. “We want to ensure that we are not admitting into our country the very threats our soldiers are fighting overseas.”

But in interviews with dozens of officials, analysts and ordinary citizens across Muslim-majority countries, there was overwhelming agreement that the order issued Friday signaled a provocation: a sign that the American president sees Islam itself as the problem.

“I think this is going to alienate the whole Muslim world,” said Mouwafak al-Rubaie, a lawmaker and former Iraqi national security adviser in Iraq….

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Refugee advocates have cried foul for days over Trump’s moves. They point out that refugees are not just among the world’s most vulnerable people, but they also are the most highly screened group of people allowed to enter the United States. Some must wait years for permission, and Syrians in particular go through extra checks.

“President Trump’s cruel executive order on refugees undermines our core values and traditions, threatens our national security, and demonstrates a complete lack of understanding of our strict vetting process, the most thorough in the world,” said Sen. Ben Cardin, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Among the groups condemning Trump’s orders was J Street, the left-leaning Jewish advocacy group. It noted that the White House made the announcement on International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

“The fact that President Trump’s order appears designed to specifically limit the entry of Muslims evokes horrible memories among American Jews of the shameful period leading up to World War II, when the United States failed to provide a safe haven for the vast majority of Jews in Europe trying to escape Nazi persecution,” J Street president Jeremy Ben-Ami said in a statement. “Most ultimately perished in the Holocaust.”…

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Trump is also asking that people asking for Visa’sfrom those 5 countries  be held up for 90 days….

It is uncertain if the Customs and Immigration, The State Dept and Homeland Sec can find out WHAT extra questions they should asking of all these people…

There are sure to be legal challeges to this….

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America’s Military is quietly BACK in Somalia……

For mnost Amertican’s ?

Somalia and American military is about the movie ‘Black Hawk Down’…

That wasn’t a good look….(Under President Bill Clinton)

But under orders from President Obama?

American Spec Ops ‘advisors’ are working WITH Somila and other Africa troops to fight Al Qaeda groups….

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American policy makers tried to avoid direct involvement in Somalia for years after the Black Hawk Down episode. But in the years after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, Special Operations troops and the Central Intelligence Agency began paying Somali warlords to hunt down Qaeda operatives in the country.

In 2006, the United States gave clandestine support to Ethiopian troops invading the country to overthrow an Islamist movement that had taken control of Mogadishu. But the brutal urban warfare tactics of the Ethiopian troops created support for an insurgent movement that called itself Al Shabab, which means “The Youth.”

American involvement in Somalia was intermittent for several years afterward, until the Westgate attack refocused Washington’s attention on the threat the Shabab posed beyond Somalia.

The Shabab still control thousands of square miles of territory across Somalia. A Somali university student who travels in and out of Shabab areas said the group’s fighters were becoming increasingly suspicious, even paranoid, checking the phones, cameras, computers and documents of anyone passing through their territory, constantly on guard for another American attack. He said Shabab fighters were becoming younger, with a vast majority under 25 and many as young as 10…..

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ISIS vs al Qaeda….

Yes….There is a internal battle going on between the two….

As in many things in the Midddle East….

It’s complicated….

The Islamic State has stolen the spotlight from its fore­father, al-Qaeda. But al-Qaeda-linked groups have escalated the fight to take it back.

In recent months, the older group’s affiliates have stepped up attacks on Westerners, expanded control over territory in war-torn countries and used propaganda and reprisal killings to weaken their adversary, analysts say.

The moves not only reflect the global threat still posed by al-Qaeda, they also signal an intensifying rivalry with the Islamic State that is fueling conflicts and breeding radicalism from South Asia and Africa to Paris.

That competition has helped further destabilize countries such as Yemen and Syria, where the extremist Sunni organizations have exploited unrest to capture sprawling tracts of land with the goals of indoctrinating local populations with extremist ideologies and possibly staging attacks against the West, analysts say.

“It’s a race of destruction, and it’s clear the battlefield for jihadists is expanding dramatically,” said Theodore Karasik, a Dubai-based expert on Middle Eastern security issues.

After splitting with al-Qaeda more than a year ago, the Islamic State, also known as ISIS and ISIL, has gone on to steal hearts and minds of would-be militants…..

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Update on US action in Somalia….

It appears that the US Military carried out an airstrike by drone against a group of al Qaeda militants in the country….

Six al-Shabaab militants were killed in a U.S. military strike in Somalia on Monday night, according to The Associated Press.

The Pentagon announced that U.S. military forces had conducted an operation in Somalia against the al Qaeda affiliate in Somalia, but offered no other details.

“We are assessing the results of the operation and will provide additional information as and when appropriate,” said a statement by Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby.

A Somali intelligence official told the AP a drone strike targeted al-Shabaab leader Ahmed Abdi Godane after he left a meeting about 100 miles south of the capital, Mogadishu.

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US Special Operators have been in Somalia since 2007….

Anyone who doesn’t think American ‘advisors’ aren’t operating thru out Africa are uninformed and naive….

A US State Department official has made the admission about the troops whose numbers fluctuate by hive in the low hundreds….

In the past there have been media stories about US Special Operations in the country that the movie ‘Black Hawk Down’ was made about…..

U.S. military advisors have secretly operated in Somalia since around 2007 and Washington plans to deepen its security assistance to help the country fend off threats by Islamist militant group al Shabaab, U.S. officials said.

The comments are the first detailed public acknowledgement of a U.S. military presence in Somalia dating back since the U.S. administration of George W. Bush and add to other signs of a deepening U.S. commitment to Somalia’s government, which the Obama administration recognized last year.

The deployments, consisting of up to 120 troops on the ground, go beyond the Pentagon’s January announcement that it had sent a handful of advisors in October. That was seen at the time as the first assignment of U.S. troops to Somalia since 1993 when two U.S. helicopters were shot down and 18 American troops killed in the “Black Hawk Down” disaster.

The plans to further expand U.S. military assistance coincide with increasing efforts by the Somal government and African Union peacekeepers to counter a bloody seven-year insurgent campaign by the al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab to impose strict Islamic law inside Somalia.

Those U.S. plans include greater military engagement and new funds for training and assistance for the Somali National Army (SNA), after years of working with the African Union Mission in Somalia, or AMISOM, which has about 22,000 troops in the country from Uganda, Kenya, Sierra Leone, Burundi, Djibouti and Ethiopia.

“What you’ll see with this upcoming fiscal year is the beginning of engagement with the SNA proper,” said a U.S. defense official, who declined to be identified. The next fiscal year starts in October….

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The US Military quietly steps up training and assistance in Africa…

As the troop level decrease in the Middle East, the number US Military ‘trainers and advisors’ increase in Africa….

Along with other NATO and Western Armies, the fight against militants on the “dark continent’ is stepping up….

While assistance (military and humanitarian) is the major effort….The US and French have been mounting small directed air and ground attack missions also….

The hope is to train the African nations to establish their own military response to Al Qaeda and other groups in-house …..With the hope that substantial western army troops and assets will not be necessary…..

With more than a decade of land wars in Iraq and Afghanistan drawing to an end, the American military’s involvement in Niger illustrates how the Pentagon is trying to juggle two competing missions in Africa: contain the spread of Islamist militancy without having to pour a lot of soldiers or money into the region.

Threats continue on the continent, but budgets are tightening at home, and the appetite to send large American armies to foreign conflicts is small. So, the Obama administration is focusing on training and advising African troops to deal with their own security threats, or providing help to European allies that have historical ties and forces in the region.

American officials and their partners call it enabling, a way of shifting from being a major combatant in war zones to a supporting role to local and other international forces. In Central African Republic, American transport planes recently ferried 1,700 peacekeepers from Burundi and Rwanda to the strife-torn nation, but refrained from putting American boots on the ground. The United States is flying unarmed reconnaissance drones from a base here in Niger to support French and African troops in Mali, but conspicuously stayed out of the war there, even after the conflict helped spur a terrorist attack in Algeria in which Americans were taken hostage…..

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