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Posts Tagged ‘Somalia

US Patriot Act kept Somalia starving

April 21, 2012

When war-torn Somalia was ravaged by a drought-induced famine last year, which killed tens of thousands and displaced over a million people, international media was quick to blame the Islamist Al-Shabaab for blocking humanitarian assistance from reaching its zone of control in southern Somalia. But according to Ken Menkhaus, professor of Political Science at Davidson […]

US drones kill 85 in Somalia

October 16, 2011

A US drone strike has killed at least 15 civilians and injured dozens of others in the southern region of war-torn Somalia, Press TV reports. This recent strike follows a similar strike in the same region on Friday, which killed at least 70 people. This latest attack, besides leaving at least 15 people dead, injured […]

Clandestine Pentagon commandos wage secret warfare in all corners of the world

August 7, 2011

Without the knowledge of the American public, a secret force within the U.S. military is undertaking operations in a majority of the world’s countries. While it’s well known that U.S. Special Operations forces are deployed in the war zones of Afghanistan and Iraq, and it’s increasingly apparent that such units operate in murkier conflict zones […]

Military experts propose scaling back Afghanistan War

September 16, 2010

The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) is the world’s leading think tank for military affairs, representing the top echelon of defense experts, retired officers and senior military men from countries including the United States, Britain, China, Russia and India. And the IISS’s latest findings will certainly convince skeptics that the real reason for occupation […]

Fulfilling Osama Bin Laden’s 9/11 Goals

September 11, 2010

The attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, succeeded far beyond anything Osama bin Laden could possibly have envisioned. This is not just because they resulted in nearly 3,000 deaths, nor only because they struck at the heart of American financial and military power. Those outcomes were only the bait; it would remain for the United States […]

US Task Force 373 assassination unit

August 15, 2010

The New York Times, Washington Post, and most U.S. newspapers under-reported WikiLeaks documents that highlighted US Task Force 373 (TF 373) assassination unit. The London Guardian however highlights the WikiLeaks war logs showing TF 373 as a shadowy kill-or-capture squad, some excerpts including: “The NATO coalition in Afghanistan has been using an undisclosed ‘black’ unit […]

Drone warfare is not a Nintendo game

March 26, 2010

During the first year of the Obama administration, there were 51 drone attacks, compared to 45 drone attacks during President Bush’s two terms in office, according to a report by the Washington-based New America Foundation. The report also states that the civilian fatality rate has been 32 percent in drone attacks since 2004. “Drones are […]

Why the U.S. interest in Yemen? Hint: Yemen is an Oil Chokepoint

January 20, 2010

The strategic significance of the region between Yemen and Somalia is a point of geopolitical interest. It is the site of Bab el-Mandab, one of what the US Government lists as seven strategic world oil shipping chokepoints. The US Government Energy Information Agency states that “closure of the Bab el-Mandab could keep tankers from the […]

What of Cause and Effect in the 5 U.S. “Wars on Terror”?

December 30, 2009

If you count [the U.S.] occupation of Iraq, our twice-escalated war in Afghanistan, our rapidly escalating bombing campaigns in Pakistan and Yemen, and various forms of covert war involvement in Somalia, one could reasonably say that we’re fighting five different wars in Muslim countries — or, to use the NYT‘s jargon, “five fronts” in the […]