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U.S. & NATO Expand Afghan War To Horn Of Africa And Indian Ocean

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Rick Rozoff / Global Research – January 8, 2010

In parallel with the escalation of the war in South Asia – counterinsurgency operations in Afghanistan and drone missile attacks in Pakistan – the United States and its NATO allies have laid the groundwork for increased naval, air and ground operations in the Horn of Africa and the Gulf of Aden.

During the past month the U.S. has carried out deadly military strikes in Yemen: Bombing raids in the north and cruise missile attacks in the south of the nation. Washington has been accused of killing scores of civilians in the attacks in both parts of the country, executed before the December 25 Northwest Airlines incident that has been used to justify the earlier U.S. actions ex post facto. And, ominously, that has been exploited to pound a steady drumbeat of demands for expanded and even more direct military intervention.

The Pentagon’s publicly disclosed military and security program for Yemen grew from $4.6 million in 2006 to $67 million last year. “That figure does not include covert, classified assistance that the United States has provided.” [1]

In addition, “Under a new classified cooperation agreement, the U.S. would be able to fly cruise missiles, fighter jets or unmanned armed drones against targets in the country, but would remain publicly silent on its role in the airstrikes.” [2]

On January 1 General David Petraeus, the chief of the Pentagon’s Central Command, in charge of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq as well as operations in Yemen and Pakistan, was in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad and said of deepening military involvement in Yemen, “We have, it’s well known, about $70 million in security assistance last year. That will more than double this coming year.” [3]

The following day Petraeus was in the capital of Yemen where he met with the country’s president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, to discuss “continued U.S. support in rooting out the terrorist cells.” [4]
 
White House counterterrorism adviser (Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism) John Brennan briefed President Barack Obama on Petraeus’ visit to Washington’s new war theater and afterward stated “We have made Yemen a priority over the course of this year, and this is the latest in that effort.” [5]

The alleged terrorist cells in question are identified by U.S. and other Western governments as being affiliated with al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). However, on January 4 CNN reported that “A senior U.S. official cited a rebellion by Huti [Houthi] tribes in the north, and secessionist activity in the southern tribal areas” as of concern to Washington. [6]

The Houthis’ confessional background is Shi’a and not Sunni Islam and the opposition forces in the south are led by the Yemeni Socialist Party, so attempts to link either with al-Qaeda are inaccurate, self-serving and dishonest.

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: More and more it looks like we are sliding down the inevitable rabbit hole towards World War III. Continue reading for a truly comprehensive account of what is transpiring… – SJH

Link to entire article below…

http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=16854

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  1. Never discount the power of oil! The strategic significance of Yemen as a point of geopolitical interest:

    An estimated 3.3 million barrels a day of oil flowed through this narrow waterway to Europe, the United States, and Asia.

    US militarization of these waters would give Washington another major link in its pursuit of control of the seven most critical oil chokepoints around the world

    The U.S. could also deny oil flows to China, the EU or any region or country that opposes US policy.

    US military control there would serve to deter Saudi Arabia from becoming serious about transacting future oil sales with China or others in a currency other than dollars.

    Yemen is also reported to hold some of the world’s greatest untapped oil reserves.

    http://moraloutrage.wordpress.com/2010/01/20/why-the-u-s-interest-in-yemen-hint-yemen-is-the-oil-chokepoint/

    moraloutrage

    January 20, 2010 at 6:17 pm


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