AFRICOM and the Recolonisation of Africa
The creation of AFRICOM
AFRICOM, literally known as ”The United States Africa Command”(USAFRICOM) is one of nine Unified Combatant Commands of the United States Armed Forces headquartered at Kelley barracks, Stuttgart in Germany.
AFRICOM was created by George W Bush by Presidential Order in 2007 to cordinate US military activities throughout Africa and is directly responsible for U:S military operations and military relations with 53 african nations – an area of responsibility covering the whole of Africa except Egypt.
In mid-2006, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld formed a planning team to advise on requirements for establishing a new Unified Command for the African continent. In early December, he made his recommendations to President George W. Bush
On 6 February 2007, Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced to the Senate Armed Services Committee that President George W. Bush had given authority to create the new African Command and U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Robert Moeller, the director of the AFRICOM transition team, arrived in Stuttgart Germany to begin creating the logistical framework for the command. On 28 September the U.S. Senate confirmed General William E. "Kip" Ward as AFRICOM's first commander and AFRICOM officially became operational as a sub-unified command of EUCOM with a separate headquarters. On 1 October 2008, the command separated from USEUCOM and began operating on its own as a full fledged combatant command.
The Combatant Commander AFRICOM reports to the Secretary of Defence and the Secretary of Defence reports to the President of the United States. In individual African countries, US Ambassodor continue to be the President's personal representatives of AFRICOM.
AFRICOM's military objectives
Deter or defeat al-Qaida and other violent extremist organizations operating in Africa and deny them safe haven.
Strengthen the defense capabilities of key African states and regional partners. Through enduring and tailored engagement, help them build defense institutions and military forces that are capable, sustainable, subordinate to civilian authority, respectful of the rule of law, and committed to the well-being of their fellow citizens. Increase the capacity of key states to contribute to regional and international military activities aimed at preserving peace and combating transnational threats to security.
Ensure U.S. access to and throughout Africa in support of global requirements. This raises the question of why .
Be prepared, as part of a whole of government approach, to help protect Africans from mass atrocities. The most effective way in which AFRICOM would do this is through sustained engagement with African militaries.
When directed, provide military support to humanitarian assistance
AFRICOM's secret objectives
To increase the USA's access to Africa's oil , gas and other mineral resources such as Gold, Diamond ,Coltan under the pretext of waging Global War on Terrorism. But this military mission is without regard for the needs or desires of African people. Enabled by oil companies and private military contractors, AFRICOM serves as the latest frontier in military expansionism, violating the human rights and civil liberties of Africans who have voiced a strong "no" to U.S. military presence e.g Gaddafi and the people of Libya. The discovery of massive oil in Ogaden region of Ethiopia, in Somalia stretching all the way to Yemen has attracted the US attention in the region.
The need to occupy Nigeria in 2013 because of it has the highest quality oil in the world. Shell is the worlds largest oil company and the biggest and most dominant foreign oil company in Nigeria. The Rothschild's is the largest share holder of Shell and basically controls it. The Rothschild make up the majority of the Loby group in the US Congress.
“At an AFRICOM Conference held at Fort McNair on February 18, 2008, Vice Admiral Robert T. Moeller openly declared the guiding principle of AFRICOM is to protect “the free flow of natural resources from Africa to the global market”, before citing China's increasing presence in the region as challenging to American interests”.
In 2007, US State Department advisor Dr. J. Peter Pham commented on AFRICOM's strategic objectives of “protecting access to hydrocarbons and other strategic resources which Africa has in abundance, a task which includes ensuring against the vulnerability of those natural riches and ensuring that no other interested third parties, such as China, India, Japan, or Russia, obtain monopolies or preferential treatment.” (Nile Bowie, COVERT OPS IN NIGERIA: Fertile Ground for US Sponsored Balkanization Global Research, April 11, 2012.)
The “War on Terror” fraud serves to cover up the destabilization of Africa with a view to taking control of its resources. The Balkans were destabilized for the same purpose in the 1990's:
To stop and eventually remove the influence of China in Africa. After the cold war ended, the USA and its Western allies were left in a position of being without rivals in Africa and so had no competition in acquiring Africa's natural resources. This gave them the ability to control Africa basically through economic blackmail. The Western powers were left with a monopoly of Finance: That means any country of Africa had to go to the West for Finance, Trade and Loans. This meant that, the Western powers led by the US could basically control Africa through economic means alone. The rise of China changed the situation permanently in that, now African countries do have an alternative to seeking Finance and Trade with the West as they can get them from China. China since 2000 has been stepping up its involvement on the African continent massively offering much more favourable terms of trade to African countries , infrastructural investment, The Western powers are now trying to claw back what they have lost economically in Africa using the one field in which they do have a competitive edge over China. This competitive edge is the military means which they are using to claw back what they have lost . Since China established trade ties in Africa from 2002, Africa has seen a rapid increase in economic and infrastructural developments due to direct investment and butter trade. By this I mean roads, dams for hydro-electric power production, schools, hospitals, clean water projects. The best examples are Ethiopia and Ghana. What China has done in Africa for the last eight years is what the USA and its western allies have never done for 40 years. The presence of China is therefore a direct threat to the economic survival of the USA and its western allies because the flow of African oil, gas and other mineral resources have been diverted to China on a more favourable terms that have benefited Africa and its people. During the last four years alone, African countries have borrowed more money from China than from the World Bank, IMF, the USA and its western allies. Chinas influence in Africa has resulted into the loss of multibillion dollar contracts and the biggest loan finance market in the world as Africa used to get the bulk of its funds from the World Bank, IMF, USA and its western allies. AFRICOM was created to stop China's influence in Africa by changing regimes in Africa that have embraced China as number one trading and direct foreign investment partner.
This is the context in which AFRICOM was formed established in 2007
Strategic reasons: The US and Israel wants to use North Africa to control the Mediterranean Sea by re-establishing the military base in Libya, which Gaddafi closed down when he took over power in 1969. They also want to use Djibouti, Somalia and Eritrea to keep an eye on the anti-West Muslim countries of Iran and Syria in the Middle East.
Gaddafi's role in preventing AFRICOM
In order to to establish AFRICOM bases in each African country, the USA government actually bribed the leaders of these African Nations by giving them millions of dollars in exchange of accepting AFRICOM.
The reisitence to AFRICOM on the African continent was mainly led and spearheaded by Muammar Gaddafi and Libya. He was the only African President who was suspicious and wary of AFRICOM's role in the recolonisation of Africa. He paid African leaders to refuse to cooperate with AFRICOM by offering investment and infrastructure and offering cash to African countries that refused to host US military base on their soil and who refused to cooperate with AFRICOM. Gaddafi actually paid each African leader twice the amount of money they received from the USA government. Libya under Muammar Gaddafi was really the biggest obstacle to the plan of subordinating African Union Forces to AFRICOM. This led to the refusal of AFRICOM bases in many Africa countries. As long as Gaddafi was alive, Africa would not be recolonized.
With Gaddafi out of the way now, the plan of establishing AFRICOM bases in AFRICA will continue . For instance shortly after the assassination of Gaddafi , President Obama sent about 100 US Special Forces to four different countries of Africa ostensibly to hunt down Joseph Kony , leader of the notorious Lords Resistance Army in Uganda. Ugandan forces , alongside Kenyan and Ethiopian forces, are largely in Somalia fighting a proxy war for the US in Somalia and its Western allies. The US forces were sent to Uganda to train Ugandan forces to fight on their behalf in Somalia. Uganda has about 8000 troops in Somalia.
Gaddafi's refusal of AFRICOM was another major reason that led to his overthrow and execution by NATO and its western allies.With Gaddafi gone, Africa is therefore vulnerable to the forces of recolonisation as he had the vision, influence and fund that had initially blocked the establishment of AFRICOM bases in Africa from 2007 to 2011.
The U.S. secret warfare in Africa is alive
In addition to its military command in Africa (AFRICOM), America has been deploying special forces all over the continent:
“Small teams of special operations forces arrived at American embassies throughout North Africa in the months before militants launched the fiery attack that killed the U.S. ambassador in Libya. The soldiers' mission: Set up a network that could quickly strike a terrorist target or rescue a hostage.” (Kimberly AP, October 2, 2012.) Dozier, White House widens covert ops presence in North Africa.
The U.S. is spreading its clandestine army all over Africa. As reported by Nile Bowie (Global Research, April 2012), the goal is to “balkanize” the African continent:
Under President Obama, in fact, operations in Africa have accelerated far beyond the more limited interventions of the Bush years: last year's war in Libya; a regional drone campaign with missions run out of airports and bases in Djibouti, Ethiopia, and the Indian Ocean archipelago nation of Seychelles; a flotilla of 30 ships in that ocean supporting regional operations; a multi-pronged military and CIA campaign against militants in Somalia, including intelligence operations, training for Somali agents, a secret prison, helicopter attacks, and U.S. commando raids; a massive influx of cash for counterterrorism operations across East Africa; tens of millions of dollars in arms for allied mercenaries and African troops; and a special ops expeditionary force (bolstered by State Department experts) dispatched to help capture or kill Lord's Resistance Army leader Joseph Kony and his senior commanders. And this is just the beginning of Washington's fast-expanding plans and activities in the region.
The geographic scope of AFRICOM
The territory of the command consists of all of the African continent except for Egypt, which remains under the direct responsibility of USCENTCOM, as it closely relates to the Middle East. USAFRICOM also covers island countries commonly associated with Africa;
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Components of AFRICOM
U.S. Army Africa (USARAF)
Headquartered on Caserma Ederle in Vicenza, Italy, U.S. Army Africa is America's premier Army team dedicated to achieving positive change in Africa. As the Army Component to Africa Command, U.S. Army Africa, in concert with national and international partners, conducts sustained security engagement with African land forces to promote peace, stability, and security in Africa.
U.S. Naval Forces, Africa (NAVAF)
The U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Command, U.S. Naval Forces Africa (NAVEUR-NAVAF) area of responsibility covers approximately half of the Atlantic Ocean, from the North Pole to Antarctica; as well as the Adriatic, Baltic, Barents, Black, Caspian, Mediterranean and North Seas. NAVEUR-NAVAF covers all of Russia, Europe and nearly the entire continent of Africa. It encompasses 105 countries with a combined population of more than one billion people and includes a landmass extending more than 14 million square miles.
The area of responsibility covers more than 20 million square nautical miles of ocean that surrounds Africa.
U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Africa (MARFORAF)
U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Africa conducts operations, exercises, training, and security cooperation activities throughout the AOR. In 2009, MARFORAF participated in 15 ACOTA missions aimed at improving partners' capabilities to provide logistical support, employ military police, and exercise command and control over deployed forces.
MARFORAF conducted mil-to-mil events in 2009 designed to familiarize our African partners with nearly every facet of military operations and procedures, including use of unmanned aerial vehicles, tactics, and medical skills. MARFORAF, as the lead component, continues to conduct Exercise AFRICAN LION in Morocco—the largest annual Combined Joint Chiefs of Staff (CJCS) exercise on the African continent—as well as Exercise SHARED ACCORD 10, which was the first CJCS exercise conducted in Mozambique.
Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa
Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) conducts operations in the East Africa region to build partner nation capacity in order to promote regional security and stability, prevent conflict, and protect U.S. and coalition interests. CJTF-HOA's efforts, as part of a comprehensive whole-of-government approach, are aimed at increasing African partner nations' capacity to maintain a stable environment, with an effective government that provides a degree of economic and social advancement for its citizens.
Today there are no wars in Africa now which would require US intervention. The will cause the wars to justify there intervention on humanitarian grounds.
Literary, the whole of Africa is now surrounded by the US Army and Navy from North, South, West to East Africa.
Why use AFRICOM to recolonise Africa?
The USA has its western allies have been bogged down in endless and costly wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and do not have the fund to finance and fight more wars in Africa.
Training and using African soldiers under US command to change leaders in Africa who say no to their economic, financial and foreign policies is viewed as more cost effective because the US and its allies will not have to deploy their own soldiers onthe ground inAfrica thereby reducing military costs.
The Western powers prefer wherever possible to get other people from other countries to do the fighting, killing and dying for them. The one main lesson they have learnt from Iraq and Afghanistan is that, wars in which their own cirizens are killed are not popular. Part of the aim of AFRICOM is to intergrate the African Union Forces into a global military structure led by the US. In other words to subordinate African Union forces under the US chain of command.
Phase 1 Evidence of the recolonisation process of African
The hidden agenda in Uganda, Central Africa and the Horn of Africa is the conquest of oil and strategic mineral resources. Going after Joseph Kony and protecting Ugandan children is a cynical smokescreen, a pretext for a “humanitarian intervention” in a region where US sponsored “civil wars” (Sudan, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Somalia, Ethiopia) have in the course of the last 20 years resulted in more than eight million deaths:
The sending in of Marine Special Forces to train Ugandan troops in the fight not only against Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) but also against Al Shabab in Somalia. Joseph Kony is being used as a pretext for outright military intervention in five African countries.
The stated objective is to transform Ugandan soldiers into “counterterrorism engineers”, namely Special Forces under US supervision, ”who will then deploy to Somalia in support of infantry battalions.
“Through AFRICOM, the United States is seeking a foothold in the incredibly resource rich central African block in a further maneuver to aggregate regional hegemony over China. The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is one of the world's largest regions without an effectively functioning government. It contains vast deposits of diamonds, cobalt, copper, uranium, magnesium, and tin while producing over $1 billion in gold each year. It is entirely feasible that the US can considerably increase its presence in the DRC under the pretext of capturing Joseph Kony.”
The war in Ivory Coast in which the democratically elected President Laurent Gbabgo was violently deposed by French military help simply because he wanted to disengage from the french-controlled Francophone states.
The war in Libya that led to the violent overthrow and assasination of Muammar Gaddafi.
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WILL US ALLOW RUSSIAN OR CHINESE ARMY INSIDE AMERICA?
Some African countries have been threatened with sanctions and 'regime change.' One of them is Libya, where Colonel Maummar Gaddafi was killed under the dark cloud of NATO and United States of America. When Africans raise concerns about 'Africom' they are said to suffer 'misconceptions, misapprehensions, rumours, and fiction.' Now, is the United States of America government prepared to allow Russia or China to establish their own 'American Command' and call it 'Americom' in pursuit of their national interests in America? How would Americans react to this? Would they go to the streets and say, 'Welcome messiah!'
Anyway, the architect of 'Africom' President George W Bush has said that the United States' Africa Command 'will co-ordinate all United States security interests throughout Africa.' If this is not imperialist arrogance and contempt for the sovereignties of African States, then the proponents of 'Africom' must be sent to a mental hospital for treatment.
GEN WILLIAM E. WARD 01 OCTOBER 2007 -08 MARCH 2011 - A STRATEGIC CHOICE
GEN CARTER F. HAM 08 MARCH 2011 - INCUMBENT
In that position, he has been in command of the initial 2011 military intervention in Libya
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