The president of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has authorized the deployment of US special forces to his country to help fight the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF).
DRC President Felix Tshisekedi said in a statement Sunday that the US troops would “provide support to the [army] in the fight against terrorism and to the guardians of the Virunga and Garamba national parks, which have become a sanctuary for terrorist forces.”
US Ambassador to the DRC Mike Hammer said that the troops would arrive in the country’s capital Kinshasa on Friday to “conduct an assessment of a future Congolese counter-terrorism team.” It’s not clear at this point how many special operations soldiers are being deployed. Tshisekedi said the US troops will be in the country for several weeks.
The ADF is a militant group that started in Uganda and has been blamed for massacres in the DRC. The US claims the ADF is linked to ISIS, but a UN investigation found no evidence that links the two groups besides public statements.
In March, the State Department blacklisted the ADF as a terrorist organization and referred to the group as “ISIS-DRC.” In July, a report from the UN Group of Experts on the Congo said such labels were benefiting both ISIS and ADF. The report said such statements were “complementing and amplifying ADF local propaganda and suggesting increased global reach for ISIL.”
The report said the Group of Experts “did not however find conclusive evidence of ISIL command and control over ADF operations, nor of ISIL direct support to ADF, either financial, human or material.”
The US is quick to label militants in Africa as affiliates of ISIS or al-Qaeda, even though it plays into propaganda efforts. More importantly for Washington, such affiliation justifies US military intervention.
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“The US claims the ADF is linked to ISIS, but a UN investigation found no evidence that links the two groups besides public statements.”
They meant al Qaeda. No AUMF’s cover ISIS.
Why aren’t they deploying to the southern border?
What does the Congo have that American corporations want to steal?
They should be discharged, not deployed to the southern border where there’s no legitimate military mission.
DRC is next so that the massive mineral deposits can be continued to be looted by Uncle Sam. This is standard procedure for the Empire.
Out of one, into another. Everwar.
Of course, for the Rothschild / Rockerfeller Empire war is just business. You don’t run a business by ceasing to do that business, do you. So we will continue to have forever warfare.
We have a massive military structure created for the purposes of fighting global terrorism.
We have a ready made solution — in search of a problem. And we will always find a problem. Whatever it is. A civil war — here we come to lend a hand to one side or the other, And there is always — and I mean always — an interest in mind. Commercial — many times. But more often then not, the “solution” is a product of imperial urge to seek domination. To not let “someone else fill the vacuum”.
We are the life-giving force, others are lifeless inert matter, until we give them direction. We are defining “terrorists ” through our own naming conventions. Several batches we created ourselves, all brand names. Al-Qaeda, Taliban, ISIS. All with help of our like-minded Saudi rulers, Pakistani Special Serviced, other donors.
Problem is — Al-Qaeda brand lost its sheen, could not catch fire in Yemen, Iraq, Libya or Syria. Or in Africa for that matter. ISIS was fir a while pumped into Afghanistan as a last ditch hope to throw spanners into Taliban advance, and create another, ISIS centered mission.
Another problem is — like minded Pakistan and Saudis are no more. World has changed. Pakistan has integrated into the Eurasian structures led by Russia and China. Saudi Arabia has stopped financing ISIS ever since the end of 2017 after palace coup brought MBS to power. In fact, after Afghanistan withdrawal was announced, both Saudi Arabia and Egypt have been accepted into Russia -China led. SCO.
And a day after Taliban entered Kabul, Iran became the ninth permanent member of SCO, having for many years been an observer. What does it mean? It means that all permanent members of SCO consider nuclear issue closed. This is significant when you consider who had to give approval for Iran joining the permanent club: China, Russia, India, Pakistan, Uzbekistan , Kazakhstan, Kyrgizstan and Tajikistan,
US must continue on the antiterrorist path. No matter what. Let us just hope it will be for the purposes of stabilizing, preventing countries descend into the hell of anarchy and despair. Not for the purpose of turning them into our vassals It could take a page from SCO — there should be no barriers to trade and prosperous relationship among all nations. But relationship cannot be based on goals that seek to hurt others. Even sacrifice own interests for the sake of advancing pack mentality of an exclusive block and serving the leader of the pack.
And here we go…
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