— The Erimtan Angle —

“In the Now we look at the scope of US military presence in Africa. Plus, regional expert Ayo Johnson says America’s recent military deployments to Nigeria and Chad is about securing US national interests not girls’ safety (22 May 2014)’.

In 2011, President Obama sent U.S. troops to Uganda, supposedly to look for Joseph Kony and the LRA but in all likelihood,[i] it was a move more to do with the recently-discovered oil wealth in Uganda . . . Anissa Naouai is correct in talking about a trend. Getting down to the nitty-gritty, CNN’s Faith Karimi and Catherine Shoichet report that the “United States deployed 80 members of its armed forces to Chad to help in the search for the kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls, the White House said Wednesday [, 21 May 2014]”.[2] A written statement published by the U.S. Army states the following: “These personnel will support the operation of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft for missions over northern Nigeria and the surrounding area. The force will remain in Chad until its support in resolving the kidnapping situation is no longer required”.[3] And Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby also piped in from the peanut gallery, saying that “These [soldiers] are not combat infantry troops that we put into Chad . . . These are folks that are there to support the reconnaissance mission”.[4]

 

[1] “U.S. Troops in Uganda: LRA or Oil???” A Pseudo-Ottoman Blog (15 Oct 2011). https://sitanbul.wordpress.com/2011/10/15/u-s-troops-in-uganda-lra-or-oil/.

[2] Faith Karimi and Catherine E. Shoichet, “80 U.S. troops in Chad will aid search for abducted Nigerian girls” CNN (22 May 2014). http://edition.cnn.com/2014/05/21/world/africa/nigeria-violence/.

[3] Faith Karimi and Catherine E. Shoichet, “80 U.S. troops in Chad will aid search for abducted Nigerian girls”.

[4] Faith Karimi and Catherine E. Shoichet, “80 U.S. troops in Chad will aid search for abducted Nigerian girls”.

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