Monday, October 17, 2016

The U.S. Escalates Its Shadow War In Somalia

United States Marines advancing in Mogadishu, Somalia, to quell violence in 1993, about seven months before the “Black Hawk Down” battle. Credit Corinne Dufka/Reuters

New York Times: In Somalia, U.S. Escalates a Shadow War

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has intensified a clandestine war in Somalia over the past year, using Special Operations troops, airstrikes, private contractors and African allies in an escalating campaign against Islamist militants in the anarchic Horn of Africa nation.

Hundreds of American troops now rotate through makeshift bases in Somalia, the largest military presence since the United States pulled out of the country after the “Black Hawk Down” battle in 1993.

The Somalia campaign, as it is described by American and African officials and international monitors of the Somali conflict, is partly designed to avoid repeating that debacle, which led to the deaths of 18 American soldiers. But it carries enormous risks — including more American casualties, botched airstrikes that kill civilians and the potential for the United States to be drawn even more deeply into a troubled country that so far has stymied all efforts to fix it.

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3 comments:

Jay Farquharson said...

b. at MoA looks a bit deeper at the NYT story:

>>A recommendable New York Times piece looks at the mostly hidden way the U.S. is now waging wars. The example is Somalia, where the U.S. has been at war with the people of that country for over 25 years. But, as the authors note, the same modus operandi applies elsewhere.

"The Obama administration has intensified a clandestine war in Somalia over the past year, using Special Operations troops, airstrikes, private contractors and African allies in an escalating campaign against Islamist militants in the anarchic Horn of Africa nation."

Would that "anarchic" nation Somalia still be "anarchic" if the U.S. would end its endless fighting there? That is very unlikely. Without outer interference Somalia would have been peaceful again many years ago. But the war continues, run not with regular U.S. forces, but with mercenaries, proxies, drones and a few U.S. Special Forces.<<

http://www.moonofalabama.org/2016/10/the-new-us-way-of-war.html#comments

Aizino Smith said...

The Libtard media like the NYT maintained there was the good war and the bad war.

That is until the bad war ended and then the good war was also designated as bad.

The tard media could not admit there was 1 war with different operational theaters.

Also tards are so happy that Food was used as a weapon in 1991 and that nothing should have been done about it.

Jay Farquharson said...

Palinesque word salad worthy of Mooseini.

LMAO.