[A troll came by my political Page on FaceBook today. He was rather in-my-face about his jingoism, and in total denial that our interventions do much more harm than good. He challenged me on several issues. The one I took up had to do with drone warfare and carpet bombing in several African/ Middle Eastern countries.]
How many countries is the USA at war with, or occupying post-war? Or using drones to combat “Al Qaeda”? Or “Islamists”? Or whoever today’s Bogeyman is?
Let’s start at the west coast of Africa and work East:
THREATS TO SAFETY AND SECURITY: The potential for terrorist violence against U.S. interests and citizens remains high in Morocco. Moroccan authorities continue to disrupt groups seeking to attack U.S. or Western-affiliated and Moroccan government targets, arresting numerous individuals associated with international terrorist groups. With indications that such groups still seek to carry out attacks in Morocco, it is important for U.S. citizens to be keenly aware of their surroundings and adhere to prudent security practices such as avoiding predictable travel patterns and maintaining a low profile.
But apparently no active warfare.
Western Sahara has been ruled by Morocco since 1975 when, after Franco’s death, the Spanish left and allowed Morocco and Mauritania to enter. An International Court of Justice advisory opinion issued at the time did not find “any tie of territorial sovereignty” between Western Sahara, Morocco, and Mauritania, though it also noted the “difficulty of disentangling the various relationships existing in the Western Sahara region at the time of colonisation”.
Resistance warfare, but not directly aimed at the USA.
The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the risks of traveling to Mauritania, and urges extreme caution for those who choose to travel to Mauritania, because of activities by terrorist groups in the region, including al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). AQIM continues to demonstrate its intent and ability to conduct attacks against foreign nationals, including U.S. citizens. This replaces the Travel Warning for Mauritania, issued May 24, 2012, to update information on security incidents and remind travelers of security concerns.
We are not actively at war there, yet.
THREATS TO SAFETY AND SECURITY: Public demonstrations, political gatherings, and student protests are relatively common in Senegal, both in Dakar and in outlying regions, particularly on Friday afternoons. In the past, these events have sometimes turned violent. . Due to the potential for violence, U.S. citizens should avoid political gatherings and street demonstrations, and maintain security awareness at all times.
While the threat of terrorism in Senegal is minimal, it should be noted that Senegal shares porous borders in the north and east with both Mauritania and Mali. Terrorist attacks involving members of Al-Qaeda in the Lands of the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) have occurred in Mauritania and Mali in recent years. In June 2012, AQIM made a public statement indicating that they regard Senegal as a hostile country for planning to send troops to Mali as part of a regional stabilization force supporting the ECOWAS mission in Mali (MICEMA). Thus far, Senegal has been spared any direct terrorist attacks, but does remain vulnerable due to porous borders, increased regional instability, and the increased terror activities of AQIM. In December 2010, two members of AQIM were confronted along the border with Senegal as they were attempting to flee Mauritania and one member detonated his suicide vest prior to capture. U.S. citizens planning to visit the border regions of Senegal are encourage to exercise additional caution and to maintain situational awareness at all times.
Also not at war, yet.
Islamic extremists carved out a large portion of the north last year after a chaotic military coup.
They banned music, smoking, drinking and watching sports on television, and destroyed historic tombs and shrines in the region. World leaders feared that the al Qaeda-linked militants would turn the area into a terrorist haven.
France says it has 4,000 soldiers in Mali. Its troops are fighting alongside nearly 3,800 African soldiers, it said, a number expected to go up.
The Department of State urges U.S. citizens who travel to Algeria to evaluate carefully the risks posed to their personal safety. There is a high threat of terrorism and kidnappings in Algeria. This kidnapping threat was noted in the Department of State’s Worldwide Caution dated July 18, 2012. Although the major cities are heavily policed, attacks could still potentially take place. The majority of terrorist attacks, including bombings, false roadblocks, kidnappings, and ambushes occur in areas of the country east and south of Algiers.
Al-Qaida in the Lands of the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) is active and operates throughout Algeria. In February 2011, AQIM claimed responsibility for the kidnapping of an Italian citizen and her Algerian driver; and also the suicide bomb attack at the Algerian Military Academy in Cherchell, 48 miles west of Algiers in August 2011. The Movement for Unity and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO) is also active in Algeria. In October 2011, they kidnapped two Spanish nationals and an Italian national from a refugee camp 1,088 miles southwest of Algiers in Tindouf. In March 2012, MUJAO claimed responsibility for the car bomb attack at an Algerian military base 1,196 miles south of Algiers in Tamanrasset and a similar car bomb attack at another base 478 miles south/southeast of Algiers in Ouargla. In January 2013, an AQIM-linked organization: “Those Who Sign in Blood”, led by Moktar Belmoktar, attacked a gas production facility near In Amenas, Algeria. The group held dozens of western and Algerian hostages for four days that resulted in the deaths of dozens of hostages, including three U.S. citizens. Mokhtar Belmokhtar remains a threat and is at large in the region.
No active war with the USA. But the situation in Mali is spilling into Algeria.
On September 14, 2012 the Department of State ordered the departure of all non-emergency U.S. government personnel from Tunisia, following the attack on the U.S. Embassy and the American Cooperative School in Tunis. While the Consular Section is open for public services, the Embassy’s ability to respond to emergencies involving U.S. citizens throughout Tunisia is limited.
They attacked our Embassy and we are not at war with them? They must no have anything our government wants.
More than seven months after the U.N. Security Council authorized NATO forces to protect demonstrators in Libya, the aerial bombing campaign operation that helped depose longtime leader Moammar Gadhafi ended here Monday at midnight.
“I think what has happened in Libya sends a very clear signal to autocratic regimes all over the world,” NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen told reporters earlier in the day after arriving in Tripoli from Brussels, Belgium.
It has been destroyed by the carpet bombing during the NATO invasion. And it had nothing to do with Mr. Qaddafi being autocratic. It was because he was building an African Central Bank with debt-free gold currency-the gold dinar– and was going to switch from Petrodollars to gold dinars to sell oil.
The Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to Niger, and urges extreme caution due to the military conflict in neighboring Mali and continued kidnapping threats against Westerners in Niger. . . .
On January 11, the Malian military launched military operations against terrorist groups that have been in control of northern Mali. As a result, terrorist groups have stepped up their rhetoric calling for additional attacks or kidnappings against Westerners, particularly those whose countries are linked to support for international military intervention in Mali. We encourage U.S. citizens to exercise caution, remain vigilant, maintain situational awareness at all times, and take appropriate security precautions to ensure personal safety.
Not at war, yet.
The Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to Chad and recommends citizens avoid all travel to eastern Chad and border regions. Because of security concerns the U.S. Embassy in Chad reviews all proposed travel by official U.S. government personnel to areas outside the capital, N’Djamena, and its immediate surroundings before approving such arrangements. U.S. citizens affiliated with humanitarian relief efforts similarly should review security precautions and consider measures to mitigate exposure to violent crime and other threats. U.S. citizens residing in Chad should exercise caution throughout the country.
Not at war, yet.
Successive political crises have been the hallmark of the interim period that followed the conclusion of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) between the Sudan Government, represented by the National Congress Party (NCP), and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) in January 2005. Since the end of the interim period and the secession of the South, Sudan has been witnessing a tense political climate and a perpetual crisis(es) on an unprecedented scale. Now, there is sharp “vertical” polarization separating the government, on the one hand, and both the political and armed opposition, civil society organizations, and clusters of young citizens, on the other hand. As well, there are “horizontal” rifts and divisions within political parties. This includes the ruling party and the Islamic Movement (IM), (which, ironically, was responsible for bringing this very party to power), and the armed movements, the reported grumbling and restlessness within the military, with the escalation of tribal and ethnic loyalty feuds, and the rise of Jihadists and Muslim extremist groups. This acute political polarization is manifested in the raging armed conflict and escalating deterioration of the security situation in Darfur, the ongoing war in South Kordofan and the Blue Nile, the declining economy and rampant corruption, the strained relationship with the South, and with the looming specter of war between the two Sudans. In addition, there is the lingering issue of how to deal with the International Criminal Court (ICC).
Both sections of this country have every appearance of a failed State. It is totally involved in its own civil war. Not safe, but not at war with the USA. [Although the United Nations is involved.]
The U.S. Department of State alerts U.S. citizens traveling to or living in Egypt to the continuing possibility of political and social unrest, incidents of which have led to recent violence. U.S. citizens are urged to remain alert to local security developments and to be vigilant regarding their personal security. This Travel Alert expires on May 4, 2013.
Political unrest, which intensified prior to the constitutional referendum in December 2012 and the anniversary in 2013 of Egypt’s 25th January Revolution, is likely to continue in the near future. Additionally, violent protests followed the January 2013 sentencing of persons involved in deaths and injuries at a February 2012 soccer match in Port Said. These demonstrations have, on occasion, degenerated into violent clashes between police and protesters, resulting in deaths, injuries, and extensive property damage. Participants have thrown rocks and Molotov cocktails and security forces have used tear gas and other crowd control measures against demonstrators. There are numerous reports of the use of firearms as well. In at least three cities, curfews have been imposed. While violent protests have occurred in major metropolitan areas, including downtown Cairo, Alexandria, and Port Said, the security situation in most tourist centers, including Luxor, Aswan, and Red Sea resorts such as Sharm el Sheikh, continues to be calm.
There have been no direct attacks on U.S. citizens; however, in isolated instances, Westerners and U.S. citizens have been caught in the middle of clashes and demonstrations.
President Hosni Mubarak was sacrificed by his NATO allies, including the USA, during the Arab Spring. Egypt had been as secular a State as any Islamic country in the region. The Military took control during the uprising. When the uprisings renewed, elections were held, and President Muhammad Mursi won, along with the Muslim Brotherhood. The native Coptics and Jews have been either killed or sent packing. The country is no longer secular. The people are again rising up to gain democracy.
While the USA watches closely, we are not at war.
Israel is America’s ally. We defend their interests before our own. And that will be another day’s blog.
Lebanon: “Since 1973, Lebanon has been in a state of war with Israel.” The ally of the USA in the Middle East.
On October 24, 2012, five days after the deadly car bombing in Beirut that killed Lebanese chief of intelligence Wissam Al-Hassan, U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland announced that the American government will back the Lebanese political opposition coalition’s call for a new cabinet free of Syrian influence as well as assist Lebanon in the investigation of the bombing.
The United States has halted payment of the roughly $420 million per year it gave to the Palestinians, most of it channeled through USAID to Palestinian NGOs. This figure included:
- $160 million in current or planned projects;
- $130 in infrastructure projects, including road and building construction;
- $45 million in direct assistance to the PA;
- $20 million for private enterprise development;
- $17 million in political support programs;
- $13 in civil society development;
- $10 million in judicial reform programs;
- $7 million in vocational training; and
- $4 million for community policing.
Between 1994 and 2005, the United States gave 17 percent of the PA’s total foreign aid. Now, however, in addition to cutting off aid, the U.S. Treasury Department has banned U.S. nationals from doing business with the Hamas-led PA.
That sounds like “sanctions” to me.
One day after the Syrian Foreign Minister offered to talk with rebels, the fighting goes on. Video posted online Monday and Tuesday purports to show heavy shelling in Damascus and around Syria’s second city, Aleppo.
The fighting in Syria is spilling over into Iraq.
Inside the room, two casually dressed Americans were rolling up maps from the previous meeting. The Americans introduced themselves as CIA officers and said they were there to help with the overthrow of Syria’s authoritarian president, Bashar al-Assad.
This has turned into a proxy war, with Putin in Russia supporting Assad, and Obama in America supporting the rebels. While a secular Middle Eastern nation and it’s people are destroyed. Oh yeah, the USA is at war there.
Twelve years after the USA invaded Iraq to stop Saddam Husein from selling oil in Euros, Iraq is destroyed. Most areas still are without basic utilities: water, sewage, electricity. American coalition troops kill and rape at will. Monsanto owns the agriculture. Radioactivity from “depleted uranium casings” – uranium 238 – has caused such extreme rates of birth defects that women in some areas are being told to not have children.
The USA is still actively occupying Iraq.
Iran is being “sanctioned” for atomic weapons it doesn’t have. When Japan offered to enrich elements to create medical isotopes for Iran, Fukushima Daiitchi blew up. What is the real reason Iran is in trouble with the USA? It is selling it’s oil in every currency EXCEPT US Dollars. The Petrodollar is the world’s reserve currency. And the Western elite are willing to take us into WWIII to keep it there.
Afghanistan is the world’s largest producer of heroin. It is also rich in minerals, including uranium, lithium, gold and oil. And there is an oil pipeline going through it, the TAPI.
The USA had control of Afghanistan, gave it over to the Muhajadin, who quickly morphed into the Taliban. The Taliban declared the poppy to be anti-Islam. There was 1 year with no crop — so suddenly the CIA asset Al Qaeda became our enemy, to justify returning the poppy.
We have treated Afghanistan the way we did Iraq. Only more so.
Pakistan is supposed to be our ally. But we are constantly bombing them. This one I haven’t figured out.
There are a couple of other countries that we are constantly bombing as well, for no apparent reason. Bahrain, Somalia, Yemen.