Special education in Europe
The Special Forces of the U.S. army were created to use their military skills with a focus on conducting unconventional warfare operations, mainly by fomenting riots or assassinating political opponents. Washington secretly deploys them in 78 countries, while denying their existence, even though the budget for their missions exceeds 10 billion dollars annually. The proliferation of these forces should enable Washington to extend its invisible dictatorship around the globe.
A single accident can sometimes uncover a whole “secret war”. This is what happened in Yemen, where in Sana’a a member of the U.S. Special Forces and a CIA agent shot at two men and killed them. According to the official version, they were two Al Qaeda terrorists who had attempted to kidnap them. The incident, as clear as day, sparked a wave of protests against the government, already accused of allowing CIA drones launched from a Saudi base to operate in Yemen.
The Pentagon – asserted the New York Times – has intensified the operations of its special forces in Yemen. A country of great importance for its geostrategic position on the Strait of Bab el-Mandeb which straddles the Indian Ocean and the Red Sea, and is a transit chokepoint for major oil and trade routes linking Asia and Europe. Situated across from Yemen, 30 kms away along the African coast, Djibouti is home to the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, with approximately 4, 000 men attached to the U.S. Special Forces. Using helicopters and special aircraft, they carry out night-time raids, particularly in neighboring Somalia and Yemen, flanked by contractors such as sharpshooters and experts in assassination techniques. Special Forces seconded to the Africa Command (AFRICOM) are operating in Nigeria and in many other African countries. They are part of the Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), which was used by Republican George W. Bush, especially in Afghanistan and Iraq, and has assumed a new importance under Democratic President Obama.
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The Obama administration – wrote the Washington Post – ” prefers covert action rather than the use of conventional force.” USSOCOM commander Admiral William McRaven attested one month ago before a Senate committee that U.S. special operations forces are active in 78 countries worldwide, either through direct involvement or by training local units.
The admiral failed to specify which countries, merely indicating that a new Special Forces Command, also encompassing NATO forces, was set up in Afghanistan. Hence, Washington’s war in Afghanistan will not stop, but simply switch into “covert” mode.
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