In mid-October the White House announced with some fanfare coming from the Press Office that it was deploying 100 US Special Forces troops to Central Africa to bring the mystical leader of the LRA (Lord’s Resistance Army) Joseph Kony to justice.
However there are two other situations one of which the Administration reportedly will not admit too that should raise the interest of the average citizen. Those who are concerned with National Security and the actions of the Military overseas will likely be more aware of these situations and following them with greater scrutiny than most others in the Country.
First of all is the situation that is continuing to unfold in Somalia. Within the last month Kenyan Forces went into the Country fulfilling a dream that the Pentagon has had since 2002. It is believed that this move has two focal points. First to create a buffer zone before the scheduled elections that take place next year in the Country and to finally address the Piracy Issue that is creating havoc with the Tourism industry in the Country. The recent reentry of Ethiopian Forces into the conflict will give the impression that the US is conducting yet again another proxy war in Somalia.
On November 25th the Washington Post had an item stating that the U.S. was increasing both Air Strikes and the use of Drones in Somalia as well in support of the Ethiopian-Kenyan Mission. Since the Obama Administration took office the US has launched various strikes using both Drones and Special Forces. So seeing these actions take place is another indicator of following the policies of the previous Republican Administration.
The Situation that very few People are discussing but that several people know about is the situation in Nigeria. There have been reports eminating from Nigeria that on the Veteran’s Day weekend or Remembrance or Armistice Day as its known in other parts of the World the Administration sent Special Forces into the Country to deal with an undisclosed Security Issue within Nigeria. Just days before this deployment was made the Guardian Newspaper in the United Kingdom reported that the Nigerian Military announced that the US was increasing its training of the Nigerian Military to deal with Boko Haram.
It should be noted that the week of the Thanksgiving Holiday here in the United States that a reporter for the AP asked the US Embassy in Abuja whether or not this story is factual. The reply from the embassy was that “At this time the United States has no Special Forces in Nigeria nor are there any plans to deploy them at this time.” meanwhile stories appear in the Media in Nigeria such as this one:http://www.nigerianpilot.com/?=content%2Ffg-america-launch-manhunt-boko-haram have appeared and have specific information regarding US Military Actions.
The reports inidicate specific details of where the Troops are operating. In this instance the locations are near the borders with both Niger and Chad. So it appears that we are looking for something or trying to interdict the flow of arms to Boko Haram. Rumors of Boko Haram seeking to expand its influence in the region persist as well as reports of some recent casualties suffered by Boko Haram appear to be from Cameroon as well. If this is to be the case then we may not know just how fragile the Internal Situation is within Cameroon so soon after its Controversial Presidential Elections saw Paul Biya “win” another term.
Nigeria is a vital concern. The US imports roughly one third of its Oil from the country. It is a vital partner of Africa Command (AFRICOM) It is a driving force of ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States) as well. So if there is any internal problems in Nigeria it will affect all of West Africa. This is something that Boko Haram and event the Militants in the Niger Delta may seek to exploit. So why is the Administration playing this situation with its cards at the vest?