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US Plans To Send Troops To Tunisia To Counter Alleged Russian ‘Destabilizing’ Influence

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US Plans To Send Troops To Tunisia To Counter Alleged Russian 'Destabilizing' Influence

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The United States is considering sending a brigade of troops to Tunisia ‘for training purposes’ to counter the alleged ‘Russian threat’ to regional security, US African Command (AFRICOM) announced, following a telephone conversation on 28 May between AFRICOM Commander Gen. Stephen Townsend and Tunisian Defence Minister Imed Hazgui.

“As Russia continues to fan the flames of the Libyan conflict, regional security in North Africa is a heightened concern. We’re looking at new ways to address mutual security concerns with Tunisia, including the use of our Security Force Assistance Brigade,” Townsend said, his comments appearing in an AFRICOM press statement late Friday.

“Tunisia is a prime example of how US support to our African partners aids long-term self-sufficiency, security and development. Our relationship with Tunisia is centered on enhancing our partnership to achieve mutual security goals,” the general added.

Moscow has repeatedly denied accusations of involvement in the Libyan civil war, stressing that it wants to see a diplomatic settlement in the war-torn country, and recalling that it was a NATO military intervention in the country in 2011 which turned Libya into a failed state. LINK

Behind the US’ accusations there are clearly other motivations for expanding their military presence throughout Africa. While it is quite likely that the US political, economic and military leadership is concerned by a possible Russian presence in some African countries, it has become increasingly apparent over the last decade that other ambitions and concerns have been driving the push to establish AFRICOM (which occurred on 1 October 2008) and its subsequent expansion.

As far back as 28 May 2011 Global Research reposted an analysis first posted at Southern Times on the US’ efforts to secure access to strategic resources (the original link is no longer operative).

The report reviews a study by Dr Stephen Burgess, a Zimbabwean-born associate professor at the US Air War College, which argues that Washington may have to enlist the services of the Department of Defence, the National Security Agency and the Africa Command (AFRICOM) to secure Southern Africa’s resources.

“His study, titled ‘Sustainability of Strategic Minerals in Southern Africa and Potential Conflicts and Partnerships’, says the US should move quickly to secure Southern Africa’s uranium, manganese, platinum, chrome, cobalt and rare earth minerals for America’s industrial needs and for its military as well as maintenance of weapons systems.

The study focuses on resource accessibility in the DRC, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe and draws parallels with the 1880s scramble for Africa.

To triumph in this new scramble, Burgess notes, ‘all instruments of (US) power’ must be deployed.

Burgess visited all these countries – except Zimbabwe – and makes recommendations on how the US can muscle out China.
He interviewed mining sector experts, government officials and journalists as part of his research.

There were also consultations with American institutions such as the Defence National Stock Pile Centre, the Defence Logistics Agency and the Marine Corps Command.

A note in the study indicates that it has nothing to do with the US Air War College, raising the possibility that Burgess was working as a consultant for Washington.

‘Southern Africa contains strategic minerals, which the USA and its allies require for industrial purposes and that militaries need for production and sustainment of weapons systems.

‘The principal sustainability challenge in SADC for the USA and its allies is uncertain access to strategic minerals.

‘The cause of this challenge is increasing global demand and supply shortages caused by inadequate infrastructure, politicization of the mining industry and China’s aggressive and sometimes monopolistic behaviour in pursuit of minerals.

‘The challenge is most acute in two Southern African countries – South Africa and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) – and also growing in Zambia, Zimbabwe and Namibia.

‘Of particular concern is possible future conflict between the United States, which needs strategic minerals for national defence and other purposes, and China, which needs an increasing amount of resources to fuel its accelerating industrialization.

‘There is a rising scramble for and struggle over resources in Africa, especially in petroleum and mining economies.

‘In particular, the US government is concerned about access to ‘defence critical resources’. This requires increased levels of engagement with the African countries concerned, using all the instruments of American power and working with American and Western mining companies, as well as engagement with China and Chinese companies…” LINK

The Black Alliance for Peace has made the abolition of AFRICOM one of its central demands for many years. The Alliance states of AFRICOM:

“October 1, 2018 marked 10 years since the United States African Command (AFRICOM) had been established. The purpose of AFRICOM is to use U.S. military power to impose U.S. control of African land, resources and labor to service the needs of U.S. multi-national corporations and the wealthy in the United States.

When AFRICOM was established in the months before Barack Obama assumed office as the first Black President of the United States, a majority of African nations—led by the Pan-Africanist government of Libya—rejected AFRICOM, forcing the new command to instead work out of Europe. But with the U.S. and NATO attack on Libya that led to the destruction of that country and the murder of its leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, corrupt African leaders began to allow AFRICOM forces to operate in their countries and establish military-to-military relations with the United States. Today, those efforts have resulted in 46 various forms of U.S. bases as well as military-to-military relations between 53 out of the 54 African countries and the United States. U.S. Special Forces troops now operate in more than a dozen African nations.” LINK

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  • Peter Moy

    Once again Reichsminister Paul Joseph Goebbels (former minister of Propaganda and Public Enlightenment in Nazi Germany) would be extremely envious of the types of lies, fabrications, provocations and downright Kosher horse dung emanating from the evil, diabolical freaks in the US military. Their insanity has no limits. Anyone with a sober, thinking brain would say these people are brain-damaged lunatics. Highly hypocritical of this empty suit general to criticize Russia when the US has about 30 military bases in the African continent.

    • SteLe

      Sadly, it works. And in my experience, most of those actually believe they are there for the benefit of the population, and not for their own imperial interests.
      That does not exclude Russia, the EU and other African states are not acting out of their own interests either.. All in all the US do have the higher tendency to leave the countries they are invited in (or which they occupy on other ways) as a war torn mess.. And the difference between talk and reality seems to be the highest in Algo-American policy.
      Sadly this does not make any other global player into altruistic entities. They all act on their own interests alone. Some of them just align their interests better with their global partners, instead of acting like diplomatic thugs..

      • Ashok Varma

        Zionist terrorists have brought nothing but destruction to the fragile US police state hooked on wars fanned by Zionist cancer. US is now in same failed state category as Israel, Pakistan, Colombia, Ukraine etc. They need to be dismantled.

        • SteLe

          Ashok, i think they will dismantle themselves. And looking at current events it seems it is getting even faster than i thought.

  • SteLe

    Well, the old Bush-era project of AFRICOM will now poison another piece of the MENA region.

    While the EU is not able to execute on their self-proclaimed goals of defeating North African terrorists; With its Sahel zone mission becoming even more of a failure.

    “Moscow has repeatedly denied accusations of involvement in the Libyan civil war, stressing that it wants to see a diplomatic settlement in the war-torn country, and recalling that it was a NATO military intervention in the country in 2011 which turned Libya into a failed state.”

    That diplomatic line was obvious to be outdated a long time ago, and especially now, that Russia is surging openly their support, that claim is even more outdated.

    Sure, supporting both LNA and GNA was clever at some point, but at least after Erdogans brazen surge, it just is equally outdated and a wrong policy now.

    Erdogan and the US only saw this balanced policy as weakness, and here we are.

    Its either match Erdogan, or get out. And seeing Russias surge, it seems getting out is no option. Not to talk about other Russian interests, but the maritime zone blocking Russian (and EU access) ALONE is not acceptable.

    So to claim Russia was never involved in the Lybian war is just wrong. And it gets even “wronger” at this point in time.

  • AM Hants

    The US is expecting a lot from their Forces. How many are recovering from Corona Virus? How many are needed at home to sort out the rioters? How many are required to encircle Russia, China and Iran? How many are looking for other jobs?

    • FlorianGeyer

      To quote John McCain when he said ” Russia is only a gas station”,
      the reality today is that the US manufacture very little of its consumables and those it does make are largely reliant on foreign made parts.

      Fakebook, Twitter et al are just ‘trinkets’ that only have the value of fake fiat money. If they all vanished tomorrow the US economy would not be harmed.

      The real power of the US has been the domination of much of the developing worlds resources, and the plunder of those resources,that includes ultra cheap labour, for the US to sell these resources at a high price to its vassals and enemies alike.

      In reality the US is only a ” gas station”, BUT with other peoples ‘gas’.
      To do this, in the words of Pompous Pompeo, ” We Lie, We Cheat, We Steal.”

      • Zionism = EVIL

        Seriously folks, the dumbass Americunts are more stupid than anyone could have ever imagined, it is a deadbeat, violent racist shithole built in lies, genocide, slavery, racism and Jew plunder of the world and now that facade is unraveling in front of the world. There are reports of military units breaking down and in any case the Americunt military is the ineffective and cowardly in the world and any country even vassal states dumb enough to host these child killers are fucked, look at the fate of Colombia, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Israel etc, all failed states imploding like their masters. Tunisia will be ruined as the CIA will start alCIDAda on a relatively tolerant country.

        Curfews and Soldiers Can’t Contain the Nation’s Chaos: NYT editorial

        The fat coward racist pig Trump is hiding in a bunker 5 stories deep while the whole shithole now burns.

        Scenes of ‘Urban Warfare’ Erupt from Miami to Seattle

      • AM Hants

        Sort of like the UK, but, on a grander scale. Well, after Heath took us into the EU, so he could carry on playing with the kids, no doubt.

        • FlorianGeyer

          The more power people have makes it easier for them to gain their chosen positions that enable them to also indulge their interests and proclivity’s..

          At a low level, even the Asian Child Rape Gangs have power. It is just that their power is projected onto them by the politically correct common purpose police, social workers and politicians who are loathe to prosecute them.

    • Ashok Varma

      US is in suicidal meltdown as the cost of its unsustainable military expenditure has destroyed the fragile veneer of its society that is now exposed as a totally failed state. US has no friends left and needs to look after its destitute population facing racist police state.

      • Peter Moy

        Not only is the US in meltdown, it is a violent, crime-infested, mentally ill, physically ill, drug-addicted, alcohol-addicted, suicidal, overall really dumbed down society with a disastrous public education system. Add to this the financial problems at all levels of society. Consumer debt is more than $14.2 TRILLION dollars (US), corporate debt more than $13.5 TRILLION dollars and a national debt of more than $24 TRILLION dollars. Incredibly there are still millions of brainwashed imbeciles who say that the US is still the #1 country in the world. As they say in the ghettos: “You just can’t fix stupid.”

  • Chinese Dog

    NATO will win against Haftar

    • Traiano Welcome

      NATO couldn’t win against the Taliban, how will it win against someone with the backing of at least 3 powerful countries and one superpower?

      • Zionism = EVIL

        He is troll with multiple accounts, the last one PP was banned and now he just posts idiotic one liners. Never respond to him as he seeks attention.

        • Traiano Welcome

          Thanks for the heads up!

      • <>

        NATO is making the same mistake we do, in order to win the Taliban or Hamas or Hezbollah, you have to wipe out the entire population, leave no one alive. That is the only way to win, since the population are their main power. I hope we flatten Gaza soon if Hamas shoots rockets, I don’t mind if 2M Gazans burn like BBQ, they chose it.

        • Ashok Varma

          Insane little chit of a disgusting boy, you need psychiatric help, reflects very poor on your mother, since the origins of your father could be many. What kind of low life advocates genocide of populations? you are a Nazi at best or Zionist trash at worst.

          • Traiano Welcome

            He puts the “Nazi” in AshkeNazi …

          • <>

            I’ll write it again just for you Ashok, I hope we carpet bomb the entire fucking Gaza strip if we have to stop the rockets, you and the rest of your fucking Paki terrorists can join them. Israel comes first.

          • Ashok Varma

            Ignorant racist silly boy, India is not Pakistan which was carved out of a united India by the British who also created your fake state of Israel. Both are a cancer for the world and need to be dismantled.

          • Chinese Dog

            Ashok you can migrate to pakistan with your left liberal congress brigade.I hope we wipe out the muzzies in India

        • Traiano Welcome

          You fools lurch from one mistake to another.
          First you use brutal force against innocents.
          When it doesn’t work you claim that genocide is the answer.

          Then you try genocide.

          And when you fail (Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Afghanistan),
          You console yourselves by saying “The Politicians Held Us Back” …

          But the truth is that even if you were to try genocide, you would just lose faster … If it worked, you would use it.

          I wish you would try genocide. It would speed up your defeat and destruction.

          • <>

            I believe in 3 things: Peace, Deportation or Death. Peace is the best option but they refuse everytime, so that leads us to deportation to Egypt or Jordan where they came from. If they start a civil war after we annex the Jordan Valley, then they will get death. Understand? good.

          • Traiano Welcome

            This thing you call ‘Peace’ is not Peace, it is called Surrender and no people on earth would accept it.

            You left out the fourth thing you believe in: “Theft”, because Theft is what describes what you are doing in Palestine.

            Deportation is what the Nazis did to the Jews of Germany. It seems they learned nothing from this.

            Death is what you get for dealing in Death. Death is not yours to decide and when you decide to make it your tool, you will receive it in your turn.

          • <>

            We are used to death thanks to your filthy Islamic friends, I jsut wonder why WE don’t use the same coin. Teh ytarget civilians? okay, we need to do the same. An eye for an eye, for every dead Israeli they will get a hundred on their side.

          • Traiano Welcome

            LOL! No. Not at all, I can assure you, you know nothing of death.
            The Palestinians know about death, they face it daily, and still they rise.

            The Houthi know what death is, and they face it without fear.
            The Viet know more about death than your cowardly regime’ will ever know.
            Syrians know death. The Kurds know death.

            Iranians know death. Iraqis know death.

            You have yet to meet Death again. The time will come when you will know death as those you abuse know death.

          • <>

            Bring it on, you might be surprised about us.

          • Ashok Varma

            He is attention seeking child and liar as well. Just ignore him like other hasbara trolls, who are really desperate now as their sugar daddy US is in flames.

          • Ashok Varma

            The Zionist racists need to be deported for sure.

        • Lone Ranger

          Same tactics the nazis used.
          Sad and ironic at the same time.

          • <>

            Well then, maybe they shouldn’t fire rockets. Same goes to Hezbollah, they need to know their actions will have a devastating effects on them and Lebanon.

          • Zionism = EVIL

            The stupid Zionist PUNK upvotes himself too with his other fake accounts.

  • kenpachi

    we cant allow our close friends of Tunisia to lose their freedoms….

  • rightiswrong rightiswrong

    There was one mention of a Tunisian national in this report about a US military force going into Tunisia.

    Were the Tunisians just told this is it, or has Tunisia actually invited foreign troops with a barbaric reputation?

    • Zionism = EVIL

      Not only that, the Americunts are heading towards a full scale civil war and most of these trailer trash want to go home. Even in a FBI internal report after the mass shooting by racist soldiers showed that 80% of the “white” aka lardass rednecks were member of KKK and extreme right-wing groups. These savages will turn Tunisia into another Okinawa or Germany with rapes and crimes.

      • Brother Ma

        I never knew about this 80 percent stat as i thought most us army are Latinos anyway. Can you tell pls me where to find this report? Keywords or a link?

        • Zionism = EVIL

          Why Does the U.S. Military Celebrate White Supremacy? … of white supremacy that found its most poisonous expression in military installations … As the official Defense Department history of this period now acknowledges. NYT Report on racism in the mostly all white US military.

          The United States ended the draft for military service in 1973, transitioning to the all-volunteer, mostly all white low income racist force that exists today.

      • Tommy Jensen

        US has the power and money to fight not only an internal civil war, but also trade wars and military wars all over the world………………………………………..LOL.
        Only a winner nation like US can do it!

  • Lone Ranger

    The wicked flee when non pursue.
    The U.S. Empire in a nutshell…

  • Peter Bozich

    I wonder when the U.S will realise it has had its day in the sun. The U.S is a tired and spent power, it’s simply falling apart. They’re broke, insolvent, kaput as simple as that.