The US Has Quietly Deployed More Than 500 Troops To Somalia

Authored by Jason Ditz via AntiWar.com,

One of the many quiet escalations in countries where US military operations on the ground hadn’t really been well publicized in the first place, officials say that the US has more than doubled the number of ground troops in Somalia this year, and now have over 500 troops there.

This is the most troops the US have had in the country since 1993, when the Black Hawk Down incident killed 18 US soldiers and led to a quick withdrawal from the nation.

This year was also the first year since 1993 that any US troops died in Somalia.

This escalation has involved a soaring number of US airstrikes in Somalia, not to mention a number of joint ground operations with Somali forces, mostly against al-Shabaab fighters, but many of them with very unclear goals.

But the goals of the whole US operation in Somalia aren’t exactly clear anyhow, with some vague interest in fighting al-Shabaab, and possibly the ISIS affiliate in Puntland, but little sign that the operation is anything but escalation for escalation’s sake.

Comments

nope-1004 TBT or not TBT Mon, 11/20/2017 - 15:18 Permalink

"Humanitarian crisis" is code for "they gots oil".Seriously though, the reason is quite simple.  Overthrow government, install puppet government, install "local" central bank, force the use of the USD.... then down the road the US can export inflation, cripple the nation, if they voice their concern, you can always remove them from SWIFT or issue an economic sanction.You don't need to fire a bullet to take over the world.  Just install the USD and it's satanic systems in money and finance and poof.... all good.

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Paul Kersey bobcatz Mon, 11/20/2017 - 16:27 Permalink

Instead of Somalia, deploy the troops to Baltimore:

"Baltimore’s skyrocketing gun violence has made residents more than twice as likely to be shot to death than Chicagoans, according to current 2017 crime statistics.

Chicago has suffered 503 gun homicides so far in 2017. With a population of over 2.7 million, the gun homicide rate is at just over 18 people per 100,000 residents.

Baltimore, however, has suffered 275 gun homicides with a population of just over 621,000, putting the homicide rate at more than 44 per 100,000. The city is on track to break its all-time murder record originally set in 1992, when Baltimore had 100,000 more residents.

Both cities are long-standing Democratic strongholds. Baltimore hasn’t had a Republican mayor since 1947 and hasn’t voted Republican in a presidential election since 1956. All of the city’s state senators and delegates are Democrats as well."

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AldousHuxley Paul Kersey Mon, 11/20/2017 - 17:16 Permalink

Met a young Somalian Uber driver....happy to be living in Seattle making $50k /year driving part time, raising a family, wife making $65k/year as a nurse..... TOTAL family income $115k.....also he married his second cousin back from the home country to make sure the family wealth consolidates.... during the Uber drive around liberal state/city saw bunch of homeless whites everywhere.....probably vets who fought in Somalia. Lesson Learned: don't practice what liberals preach. Be as conservative as possible regards to wealth building. marry second counsin if she looks alright...better than hottie who's going to do a Nicole Kidman on you. Looks fade but ancestor's money will only grow over time. With 7% APR, your wealth will double every 10 years.  

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cossack55 Mon, 11/20/2017 - 15:09 Permalink

Should probably up troop totals to 50K+ so the MIC can have a Merry Christmas (so very nice there this time of year, lots of beaches and great surfing)

petroglyph sunkeye Mon, 11/20/2017 - 18:15 Permalink

Maybe it's about the location? Right across from Yemen, deep water port at Mogadishu, choke point for the Red sea? Minerals?http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1366451 May hold a quarter of the worlds reserves of Uranium. Aha. Maybe the want to keep that 13th tribe of Israelites locked up in Ethiopia next door? Can't have blacks migrating to Israel with rights.

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Stan522 Mon, 11/20/2017 - 15:12 Permalink

and what purpose does this serve in American interests, plus who gives a flying fuck about any of the muzzies in that ingrate country......?

unplugged Mon, 11/20/2017 - 15:14 Permalink

The US needs to put 500 troops in every country that doesnt have any yet to make sure that they keep using US Dollars and buying US Treasuries, CIAmazon, Google, Facebook, MICs, etc.  Buy American!