The US AFRICOM and destabilization of Africa’s Sahel region
InformAfrica – Information gathered by InformAfrica reports the US intelligence, otherwise known as the CIA, is directly linked to the Al-Qaeda militant group in the Islamic Maghreb, using its AFRICOM agenda to destabilize Africa’s Sahel region.
In other words, the U.S is helping to create problems (conflicts) in Africa in order for the African people or leaders to call for foreign intervention which will in turn help the US speed up the integration of its AFRICOM propaganda on the continent. The US is using it’s military presence in Africa to secure Africa’s resources for itself, while countering China’s influence on the continent – slowing economic growth and development.
Eric Draitser from GlobalResearch writes that: As with other Al Qaeda offshoots, the Al-Qaeda Organization in the Islamic Maghreb’s history is directly related to that of the US intelligence and military presence in the Sahel.
The US military’s Africa Command (AFRICOM) was established by the Bush Administration in 2007 in order to, in their words, “defend US national security interests by strengthening the defense capabilities of African States…and defeat transnational threats.” However, within months of the establishment of AFRICOM, the Algerian group known as the Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat (SGPC) was rebranded AQIM and immediately became a much more serious threat with international capabilities, something it had never had before that point.
One can only wonder how, within the span of a few short months, as US military and intelligence presence is dramatically increased, such a group can immediately spring up. It would be logical to assume that the two events are not merely coincidence. Rather, AFRICOM, in order to legitimize its own presence in the region needed an enemy. So, it took an obscure terror organization, gave them the Al Qaeda banner, and thereby created the conditions for a military presence.
AFRICOM was then able to install so-called “advisers” in the militaries of the region, ostensibly to combat the threat posed by this new organization while, in truth, creating dependence of those militaries on the United States. These developments were part of the broader mission known as the Trans-Sahara Counter-Terrorism Partnershipwhich enabled the United States to penetrate the militaries of the entire region and thereby make them into clients or proxies of the US military. It is precisely this dependence which was so evident in the routing of the Malian military at the hands of the rebels and AQIM.
With the defeat of the Malian forces and the de facto establishment of the state of Azawad, AQIM now controls a large portion of the Sahel/West Africa region, allowing it to menace neighboring states and continue to legitimize the AFRICOM presence. This military presence, though, is not entirely visible.
In fact, it is now confirmed that US commandos and other Special Forces have been actively engaged in Mali since before the coup in late March. According to mainstream media and military spokespeople, the commandos were purely communications experts providing technical assistance to the military. While this is undoubtedly true to a certain extent, the news indicates a much broader engagement in the country, one that likely includes all manner of covert operations engaging with terrorists, rebels, and the military forces. Essentially then, the situation in Mali, and the wider region, has to be understood as being directly and cynically manipulated by the United States.
While the Western media portrays the situation in West Africa as an “unintended consequence” of the imperialist aggression against Libya, the incontrovertible fact that the United States has, for years, attempted to expand its control of the region, has been made all the more apparent by the current instability and the “decisive action” that it necessitates. The spread of AQIM, which has now consolidated control over a vast swath of land in the Sahel region, rather conveniently provides the US with the crucial cover it needs to expand its military presence.
This Africa report was culled in part from GlobalResearch, to read the full investigative report by Eric Draitser, go here: Mali, Al Qaeda, and the US Neo-Colonial Agenda