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Here Come The Drones, Or The True Reason For The Mali Incursion

Posted By admin On January 29, 2013 @ 6:24 am In Featured Stories | Comments Disabled

Zero Hedge [1]
Jan 29, 2013

Given our recent discussion (here [2] and here [3]) of the rising importance of Africa in the world’s power and money echelons, it is not entirely surprising that the NY Times reports [4] that US military command in Africa is actively preparing to establish a drone base in northwest Africa to increase “unarmed surveillance missions on the local affiliate of Al Qaeda and other Islamist extremist groups” that American and other Western officials say pose a growing menace to the region. It would appear Niger will be the most likely place for the base – from which officials envision flying only unarmed surveillance drones though, of course, they have not ruled out conducting missile strikes at some point if the threat worsens. “This is directly related to the Mali mission, but it could also give Africom a more enduring presence for I.S.R.,” one American military official said Sunday, referring to intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. Perhaps, actually scratch the “perhaps”, what is really happening is the US now has a drone base with which to supervise Chinese expansion in Northweast Africa [5], anda drone fleet to use defensively and offensively as it sees fit.

From - “The Beijing Conference”: See How China Quietly Took Over Africa [5]

Here Come The Drones, Or The True Reason For The Mali Incursion China%20In%20Africa 0 [6]

 

And so it would appear we can draw a big red circle over northwest Africa in the map above which is where the US will literally have a bird’s eye view of all the resources that China is sequestering, and all the infrastructure that the world’s most populous nation is setting up.

Next we need a little dose of the perpetual “Al-Qaeda” bogeyman in Central, Eastern, and finally South Africa and the US will have military control over a continent that China is rapidly doing all it cen to colonize from the ground up.

Via NY Times, [7]

The United States military command in Africa is preparing plans to establish a drone base in northwest Africa to increase unarmed surveillance missions on the local affiliate of Al Qaeda and other Islamist extremist groups that American and other Western officials say pose a growing menace to the region.

For now, officials say they envision flying only unarmed surveillance drones from the base, though they have not ruled out conducting missile strikes at some point if the threat worsens.

If the base is approved, the most likely location for it would be in Niger, a largely desert nation on the eastern border of Mali, where French and Malian troops are now battling Qaeda-backed fighters who control the northern part of that country…

The immediate impetus for a drone base in the region is to provide surveillance assistance to the French-led operation in Mali. “This is directly related to the Mali mission, but it could also give Africom a more enduring presence for I.S.R.,” one American military official said Sunday, referring to intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.


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[1] Zero Hedge: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-01-28/here-come-drones-or-true-reason-mali-incursion

[2] here: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2012-10-27/go-south-young-man-africa-scramble

[3] here: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-01-23/clinton-scorned-what-difference-does-it-make

[4] NY Times reports: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/29/us/us-plans-base-for-surveillance-drones-in-northwest-africa.html

[5] supervise Chinese expansion in Northweast Africa: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/beijing-conference-see-how-china-quietly-took-over-africa

[6] Image: http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user5/imageroot/2012/07-2/China%20In%20Africa.jpg

[7] Via NY Times,: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/29/us/us-plans-base-for-surveillance-drones-in-northwest-africa.html?pagewanted=1

[8] U.S. commits almost $100 million in support of anti-terror forces in Mali: http://www.prisonplanet.com/u-s-commits-almost-100-million-in-support-of-anti-terror-forces-in-mali.html

[9] US Drones, Boots Arrive In Mali: http://www.prisonplanet.com/us-drones-boots-arrive-in-mali.html

[10] Is Mali the next Afghanistan?: http://www.prisonplanet.com/is-mali-the-next-afghanistan.html

[11] U.S. Weighing How Much Help to Give France’s Military Operation in Mali: http://www.prisonplanet.com/u-s-weighing-how-much-help-to-give-france%e2%80%99s-military-operation-in-mali.html

[12] Honi Soit Qui ‘Mali’ Pense: http://www.prisonplanet.com/honi-soit-qui-mali-pense.html

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