The War On Terror Spreads to Africa: U.S. Sending Troops to 35 African Nations

George Washington's picture

The U.S. is sending troops to 35 African nations under the guise of fighting Al Qaeda and related terrorists.

Democracy Now notes:

U.S. Army teams will be deploying to as many as 35 African countries early next year for training programs and other operations as part of an increased Pentagon role in Africa. The move would see small teams of U.S. troops dispatched to countries with groups allegedly linked to al-Qaeda, such as Libya, Sudan, Algeria and Niger. The teams are from a U.S. brigade that has the capability to use drones for military operations in Africa if granted permission. The deployment could also potentially lay the groundwork for future U.S. military intervention in Africa.

NPR reports:

[A special American brigade] will be able to take part in nearly 100 separate training and military exercises next year, in nearly three dozen African countries

Glenn Ford writes:

The 2nd Brigade is scheduled to hold more than 100 military exercises in 35 countries, most of which have no al-Qaida presence. So, although there is no doubt that the U.S. will be deeply involved in the impending military operation in Mali, the 2nd Brigade’s deployment is a much larger assignment, aimed at making all of Africa a theater of U.S. military operations. The situation in Mali is simply a convenient, after-the-fact rationale for a long-planned expansion of the U.S. military footprint in Africa.

Timothy Alexander Guzman argues:

AFRICOM’s [the U.S. military's Africa command] goal is to eliminate China and other countries influence in the region.  Africa’s natural resources is another important element to consider because it includes oil, diamonds, copper, gold, iron, cobalt, uranium, bauxite, silver, petroleum, certain woods and tropical fruits.

In a must-watch interview, Dan Collins of the China Money Report agrees that the purpose of the deployment is to challenge China’s rising prominence in Africa:

(Indeed, the U.S. considers economic rivalry to be a basis for war).

In reality – as we’ve repeatedly noted – the U.S. sends in the military to fight “terrorists” in any country which has resources we want (and see this).


And the U.S. is not shy about backing our “mortal enemies” to topple those standing between us and resources we pine for.

Anthony Carlucci argues that the overthrow of Gaddafi (largely through American support of terrorists) was really the opening salvo in the war for African resources:

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WT Sherman's picture

I'm sure I'll get torched for writing this, but I'd be damned glad if my country actually went to war for oil or other valuable resources.  I'd also be glad to send troops overseas to keep the Chicoms from peddling influence all over the globe.

Trouble is that today our leaders get our people ginned up to send young soldiers overseas under the guise of defending freedom, democracy and spreading American ideals.

The reality is that once our troops hit the ground not only are they not allowed to knock the teeth out of the enemy, crush his throat (the way wars should be fought) and do what it takes to win, they're also prevented from even exercising the freedoms they still enjoy in America.

I'm glad America took out Sadam Hussein, but if the war was for oil then why don't we have a permanent supply of petrol with price fixed at $40/barrel???

Many people in Iraq and Afghanistan, in many ways, enjoy less freedom now than when American troops rescued them.  Many people here might not care, but there are fewer Jews and Christians in Iraq now than than there were under Sadam.  And in Afghanistan persecution of Christians is condoned and encouraged by the very gov't that works against American soldiers every single day.  American Chaplains can't even pray in Jesus' name.

I don't know for what purpose that American governments for the last 20 years have gone to war, but I'm very sure that the reasons have absolutely nothing to do with promoting American interests or least not the ones that I learned in school eons ago.

johnQpublic's picture

there is Nothing more american than fighting for oil, to make gasoline, to put in my Trans Am with its 407 cu in big block poncho with roller cam , 2.11/1.77 valves and a whopping 1600cc carb making 790 hp at the rear wheels


if i was younger i'd do it again

Cabreado's picture

Tried to find a list of these 35 nations; may have missed it.

Can someone point me to a list?

Thank you.

lakecity55's picture

Lookit all the stimulus arrrows going forth in the first map.

We don't need no giant coin. We have AFRICOM!

laomei's picture

When has the US ever launched a "War on X" without "X" winning?

cynicalskeptic's picture

It's not about a war 'ON' anything... it's about wars 'FOR' something - be it energy, natural resources, business profits......   look at the countless 'small wars' fought by the US in the last century ion Central and South America....   all about US business interests....   The current 'War on Terror' is a neo-con fantasy about dominating the Middle East to insure energy supplies for the next century (and protecting Israel as well it seems).   Any US presence in Africa - directly or by proxy - is about access to raw materials.   China busy friends and influence with the dollars they get making Happy Meal toys and all kinds of other crap for the US.  The US attempts to IMPOSE influence with its military when bribing local officals no longer works.


and yes, we usually end up getting our asses kicked because you cannot intervene in places where you're not wanted and force others to do your bidding... people fight back.   Iraqis were happy to have Hussein gone BUT sure as hell didn't want the US running things after he was gone - a diverse group of otherwise conflicting factions worked hard to get the US out....

trav777's picture

The oppression of flush toilets returns to africa!!!!

Ignatius's picture


You just can't seem to remind us enough what a racist fuck you are.

We get it, you cunt.

sgt_doom's picture

Outstanding blog posting, GW ! !

Aaron Swartz, R.I.P.  

There is nothing more sad, more disheartening, than the death of a decent person.
I didn't know Aaron Swartz, although I had communicated with him online on several occasions; a highly intelligent young man with a prodigious mind and noble spirit.
Aaron evidently reached the decision, to spare his family and friends future pain, he would forfeit his own life; in ancient Rome they referred to it as "Falling on one's sword."
Yet another fatality of Obama's War On Whistleblowers, the dramatic extension and expansion from the Bush administration.
Today, Gov. Don Siegelman sits in a penitentiary, his only "crime" was wishing to increase educational access for the many; an authentic democrat, so very rare today.
Today, an Iraqi immigrant, Shakir Hamoodi, who sent small sums of money to his close relatives back home for medical and food emergencies, also sits in a penitentiary, yet another humanist, or "criminal" in America?
Today, a brave CIA whistleblower of the criminal and barbaric torture taking place, John Kiriakou, faces two years in jail, thanks to Obama and life in the land of the lawless.
Aaron Swartz, Bradley Manning, Gov. Don Siegelman, Shakir Hamoodi, John Kiriakou and others, too many others, a roster of the best of America, wasted lives in others pursuit of never-ending corruption.
A bizarre BBC report the other day --- and bizarre is the only accurate description for both BBC and their news report --- ran an attack piece on WikiLeaks' Julian Assange, nonsensically juxtaposed against the newspaper strike in China!
They --- the BBC and Australian news --- once again perpetrated lies of "sexual assault of two women" against Assange?
Having read all the legal documents, in both English and Swedish, I observed NO verification of such lies, only that Sofia Wilen, the younger woman who first approached Julian Assange, wanted nothing to do with such false allegations, and that the government-affiliated Anna Ardin (one of her many aliases), appears to have been the driving force in stirring up such vicious stories!  (When the publicity became too much for Anna Ardin, she was spirited off to Israel, where a member of the Bonnier family was ambassador at that time.)
The one common factor, known to Americans, which is evident in both the attacks on Wikileaks/Assange and the illegitimate and amoral incarceration of Gov. Siegelman, is Karl Rove.
Rove appears again and again in the background, as the puppet master pulling the strings to take out Gov. Siegelman, and was financed in his multiple trips to Sweden, around the beginning of the WikiLeaks' episode, financed by the Bonnier family, one of the media giant families of Europe and among the top ten media corporations in existence.  (Virtually everyone on the Swedish side who has been attacking Julian Assange is financially connected to the Bonnier family:  the attorneys, Anna Ardin, the Bonnier-employed reporters, the Justice Minister, etc., the only exception would be Sofia Wilen, the young lady who quickly distanced herself from the horrendously unfolding events.)
Aaron Swartz, both believed in, and fought for, free speech and freedom of the press, an incredibly shrinking freedom which has been all but co-opted by the ruling oligarchs through their corporations today --- does anyone really know who owns AT&T, after all?
Recently, some technically astute friends ran a series of tests, and observed that the most heavily censored sites:  Huffington Post,, Naked Capitalism, The Guardian, etc., are considered to be some of the more "liberal" sites on the 'net --- nothing could be further from the truth!
The most heavily censored English-speaking countries on the Web?  Canada, the UK and the USA.
Most despicably, network neutrality appears as dead as Aaron Swartz --- and we should all mourn the passing of both noble personages.
In Memoriam
Aaron Swartz
November 8, 1986 – January 11, 2013
Notes and Sources
"Kiriakou was a CIA veteran who played a role in the agency's capture of the al-Qaida terrorist Abu Zubaydah in Pakistan in 2002. Abu Zubaydah was waterboarded by government interrogators and eventually revealed information that led to the arrest of the "dirty bomb" plotter Jose Padilla and exposed Khalid Sheikh Mohamed as the mastermind of the 9/11 terror attacks. Accounts conflict over whether the waterboarding was helpful in getting intelligence from Zubaydah."
. . . .
"The CIA director, David Petraeus, sent a memo to agency employees noting Kiriakou's conviction, saying: "It marks an important victory for our agency, for our intelligence community, and for our country. Oaths do matter, and there are indeed consequences for those who believe they are above the laws that protect our fellow officers and enable American intelligence agencies to operate with the requisite degree of secrecy."
(Tell that to the wifey, Davey boy! --- sgt_doom)

cynicalskeptic's picture

You forgot Sibel Edmonds - translating intercepts after 9/11 that linked Hastert (Speaker at the time). Turkish Generals, Drug dealers, arms dealers and terrorists....   working for the FBI, doing her job, she ended up wioth a federal gag order on her - God forbid the truth about anything comes out.....


Ignatius's picture

The big picture of 'The War on Terror': 

"Why the Facts of 9/11 Are Suppressed"


lakecity55's picture

Always follow the resources (raw materials).

You don't want the ChiComs to get them, do you?

f16hoser's picture

Prez has to keep the military busy else where so he can grab our guns here at home. Unfortunately for him, there are plenty of Guard/Reserves who are still here and will fight to keep their guns.

Also, popping UN Blue Helmets will be like clubbing baby seals. LET THE PARTY BEGIN!

AllWorkedUp's picture

 I believe you are exactly right. This is about keeping the troops OUT of the U.S. so they won't fight against the gov't. There is a growing divide in the military between top brass and the rank and file.

 U.N. troops on our soil will never be tolerated.

sun tzu's picture

U.N. troops on our soil will never be tolerated.


They would be welcomed with open arms by Clownifornians, Massholes and other assorted 0bots as long as they bring EBT cards with them

Gadfly's picture

This video says it all. The real history of America. Watch this and you'll pretty much understand everything that has gone on in this world, is going on, and will go on in the furture, unless we wake up. We are being played by those with the wealth and power to control things, plain and simple. And our own government, sadly, is part of the problem. And I mean both sides of the aisle. If you don't understand this fundamental truth, you don't understand anything. It is all distraction for the purpose of implementing the hidden agenda. More money and power and control -- ultimately of all of us and the way we think and respond to what they are doing behind the scenes. It's all layed out here, fact based and documented, beyond dispute, for everyone to see. All of the main pieces have been put together. All you have to do is watch it and make up your own mind about what is happening.

The Navigator's picture

Excellent, excellent video.

Thanks Gadfly.

The Heart's picture

Ya know, like a warm wind of refreshing truth, here are a few more links of information-cleaning-house media to add for posterity purposes on these great pages of Light and Love.

Under the Law of One, what effects one, effects us ALL. Be all the One you are. One Love!


More Light on this subject.:

Can you say population reduction agenda?


chunga's picture

thanks - that's worth a bookmark

reader2010's picture

China invades Japan and demands US withdrawl from Africa.

The Heart's picture

Honorable chinese are smarter than that. Who wants america's irradiated killing machine and already too late polluted island of japanese that is too far gone into the death hole of slowness? Would rather let american isreally inspired stuxnetted machine continue to kill stupid sheeple americans who are to dumbed downered to realize they are already slowly dead. European peoples too. They are so smart, they along with the eugenic guiders rottenchids and et cetera have put into the dirty chinese killer vaccines that dumbe americans are being scare tactically feared into taking these little killing machines. How can any excape the borg?

Mas? Simone!


tony bonn's picture

the united states under the leadership of the rockefeller axis of evil and its right hand organization, the bush crime syndicate, is the undisputed king terrorist organization in the world.....almost all tragedies - including that killing spree in the northeast a couple of weeks ago - are cia staged qaeda is a special division of the is the good cop / bad cop creates the pretext of all kinds of crises which must never be wasted....

the 4th reich lives in the usa....the 3 reich was created by wall street and academia....prescott bush and averell harriman and nelson rockefeller were lead players in that staged war....we live in a delusion....your enemies are the lovers of war and mammon - fuck the lifestyles of the rich and famous....

JR's picture

President Woodrow Wilson said: “There is a power somewhere so organized, so subtle, so watchful, so interlocked, so complete, so pervasive that they had better not speak above their breath when they speak in condemnation of it.”

Was he talking about “the bush crime syndicate”?

sun tzu's picture

Funny, since it was Woodrow Wilson that dragged the US into WWI and signed the Federal Reserve Act into law. 

But hey, let's blame Bush for all of 0bozo's new wars. Anything else would be rayciss n sheet

Curiously_Crazy's picture

Might have been that ol Woodrow was merely acknowledging he and the other politicians are nothing more than puppets. Just thinking aloud. JFK also made some interesting quotes on secret organisations/secret societies.



Psquared's picture

I'm fine with leaving them alone. The problem is that others will not.

Financed by oil money extreme Islamists will turn all of Africa into an anti-west, America hating, revolutionary Caliphate. They will use money and weapons from Europe and America, then Russia and then China. Every time we support a side with money and weapons there is a "coup" and those weapons fall into the hands of those we oppose. This is history continued ... nothing more and nothing less. The Christian West -vs- the Islamic East going back to the rise of militant Islam after the death of Mohammed. It continued with the conquest of Arabia, Persia, Jerusalem, N. Africa and then Spain and southern France where they were stopped by Charles Martel. It then continued with the Crusades and the collapse of the Byzantine Empire. For 100s of years the Arab world was irrelevant (except for Jerusalem and arguably Turkey) until the discovery of oil. Then we had WWI and WWII and the creation (restoration??) of Israel.

The truth is there is no easy answer. We just have to pick our fights carefully. Every time we pick poorly we make it worse which results in more intervention, more money and more bloodshed.

This won't end until God himself ends it.

newdoobie's picture

Africa doesn't need extreme Islamist to teach them to hate America. Our bankers and miners do that for them. Our Idiot politicians support the use of the bankers to force countries to allow the miners to rape the continent. Rebels arm themselves from whomever will support them to ward off the North Americans. (see whats happening in South America with CAFTA) Grab the Gold Bitchez

rwe2late's picture


"Financed by oil money"

from the dependent petrodollar wahabbist sheikhdoms of Saudi Arabia and the Gulf.

Obviously, it won't end until "God" ends it.

AnAnonymous's picture

There is no battle for Africa.

All the resources there are already allocated to 'american' nations.

All what 'Americans' can try to do is to keep the stash for themselves.

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

There is no bottle for Africa, because presence being therein makes risk of The Gods Must Be Crazy scenario. Such scenario could adversely affect arriving schedule of Chinese citizenism train.

All the resources there are already allocated to Chinese citizenism nations, having been purchased with US of American debt instrumentations generously.

All what 'americans' can try to do is to smoke the stash for himselfs and Chinese citizenism strawsman.

chunga's picture

That's classic.

"Nobody in Africa wants to buy Credit Default Swaps".

Mi Naem's picture

In the picture above, Keiser looks his usual mischievous self,  like he's just about to turn his index finger sideways over his lips and quickly bring it up and down in the general direction of his viewers: BbBbBbBbBbBbB.

Bicycle Repairman's picture

Don't fall for the meme.  Fighting in sub-Saharan Africa is not about resources.  It's about continuing a meaningless war for its own sake.  So tens of thousands of black women and children will suffer and die for no reason.  How many Muslims are there in sub-Saharan Africa?  I guess we'll hate them for the kettles that they used to cook white missionaries in.

We'll hate them for their cuisine.

Curiously_Crazy's picture

So tens of thousands of black women and children will suffer


The black men get off scot free then?

The Unabonger's picture

Now is the time. Africans LOVE Obama. The vast majority of them still think the USA is some kind of magic land of oppertunity where anyone can go and become rich and Obama is proof of that to them. I'm talking about educated urban middle class Africans. As for the poor in the slums and the rural areas the idea that Obama is the kind, wise king of the land of Dollaz and sportscars is probably the only "fact" about the USA they know.

If the US wants to get rid of any African government that isn't playing the game it's unlikely they will have to invade, much. Except for Mali these exercises and deployments are not invasions. Mostly they are there to bolster and train the forces of big men who have already sold out their countries and can be relied on to act on their behalf. Exercises are also an opportunity for making friends with the African military officers as a back up plan. It helps then feel out which generals might be good to tap in case they need to get rid of a President that gets too greedy or develops a conscience. Actual US marines landing on Africa guns blazing will be an extreme rarity- certainly south of the Sahara.        

espirit's picture

Does that rarity extend to French warplanes over Mali?

Hollande is trying on a pair of shoes that will never fit nor can afford.

The Unabonger's picture

It's a combined op. The whole neighborhood is getting in on it.

I don't know what Mali could ever do to repay France/US/AU for liberating them from evil terrorists.

They seem to be out of flowers and sweets.

A lease on a nice air base perhaps? 

Freedomtosayno's picture

So it begins, Oceania attacks EastAsia...


"If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face--forever." – George Orwell

espirit's picture

This latest grasp should come as no surprise.  After all, when one resource rich geographical area is "parted out" thus U.N. allocated, TPTB must move on.

It's when all has been spoken for, that really/really scares me.

Watauga's picture

Seriously?  The U.S. has Army has trained in practically every nation on the face of the planet. it trains all the time in all environments with all sorts of allies and would-be allies.  This is all routine stuff.  ZH readers freak out when three carriers deploy at once.  All of the sudden it is WWIII looming on the horizon. The U.S. ROUTINELY deploys three carriers, sometimes three to the Arabian Gulf, staggered, so three are there for maybe a few weeks--for training purposes (and power projection).  The bottom line is ZH posts cry wolf way too often.  I understand that the U.S. can be, and often is, somewhat imperialistic in its international relations, but let's keep the ammo dry for when we need it.  Maybe someone would then listen when we start screaming about the wolf bearing down on us.

Racer's picture

The US is declaring more illegal wars again, now there's a surprise... not

Great big bullies think they know best when they certainly DO NOT

sun tzu's picture

Sounds like 0bozo needs another Nobel Peace prize to distract the masses from his wars. what happened to the anti-war protests by Code Pinko and MoveOn.borg? Now they're all pro-war, cheering on the slaughter of browns conducted by the drones and bombers.

strannick's picture

The move would see small teams of U.S. troops dispatched to countries with groups allegedly linked to al-Qaeda, such as Libya, Sudan, Algeria and Niger.

I guess its more the al-Queda in oil rich states their worried about

newdoobie's picture

The deployment out of Jacksonville two weeks ago carried 4x's as many helicopters and strike troops as normally deployed to the Persian gulf... I new somthin was up.

forrestdweller's picture

hundreds of billions of taxdollar are being spent on the military every year. the government has to keep the military money flowing, so the use the materials and deploy the troops. then they can buy new materials, and the money keeps flowing. every member of the government probably has interests in the military companies, so they make money out of it.

conlusion. this is american corporatism. corrupt government makes money for themselves bij bombing other countries.

Widowmaker's picture

Fascism dripping with military stimulus.

Its the economy, stupid.

Load the fraud-printer ink.