Pentagon says it will bomb in Somalia to wipe out resistance
Published Mar 14, 2010 7:38 PM
A recent statement issued by the Obama administration indicates that it is
planning to carry out aerial bombardments in the Horn of Africa nation of
Somalia. The announcement comes amid intense fighting in the capital of
Mogadishu between the two Islamic resistance movements, Al Shabaab and Hizbul
Islam, and the U.S.-backed Transitional Federal Government that is ruling the
It is broadly acknowledged that the TFG only controls a small section of the
capital, having conceded other areas in Mogadishu and throughout the south and
central regions to both resistance organizations. The U.S. is financing the
presence of an African Union peacekeeping force known as AMISOM, which consists
of approximately 5,000 troops from the pro-Western regimes of Uganda and
Complicating matters further, there has been growing hostility between Hizbul
Islam and Al Shabaab, resulting in clashes over control of the southern port
city of Kismayo. Hizbul Islam has stated its willingness to engage in dialogue
with Al Shabaab but has refused to hold negotiations with the TFG headed by
Sheikh Shariff Sheikh Ahmed.
Sheikh Ibrahim Bare Mohammed, the Hizbul Islam Deputy Commander in the Bandir
region, pledged to retain control of the areas occupied by his organization.
“We are controlling many parts of Mogadishu and we will defend these
areas because we are already here.” (Garowe Online, March 8)
The Hizbul Islam official continued: ‘”We cannot accept our enemy
controlling this region and we are not afraid of the American government. We
will defeat any attack from the Somali government.”
The same article reported that U.S. officials have said, “What you are
likely to see is air strikes and Special Ops moving in, hitting and getting
out.” The Obama administration has continued the same policy against
Somalia as that of the previous regime of George W. Bush.
Gen. Mohamed Gelle Kahiya, the recently appointed commander of the TFG
military, confirmed that the U.S. would be involved in the offensive. The Obama
administration, just like its predecessors, views Somalia as strategic to
According to the March 5 New York Times, “The United States is
increasingly concerned about the link between Somalia and Yemen, a growing
extremist hot spot, with fighters going back and forth across the Red Sea in
what one Somali watcher described as an ‘Al Qaeda exchange
To minimize U.S. casualties and exact maximum damage to the Somali people, U.S.
Special Forces are training and coordinating the TFG to stage ground operations
while the U.S. forces handle bombings from the air and offshore. “This is
not an American offensive,” U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African
Affairs Johnnie Carson told the Times. “The U.S. military is not on the
ground in Somalia. Full stop.”
The Times continues: “The Americans have provided covert training to
Somali intelligence officers, logistical support to the peacekeepers, fuel for
the maneuvers, surveillance information about insurgent positions and money for
the bullets and guns. ... Washington is also using its heft as the biggest
supplier of humanitarian aid to Somalia to encourage private aid agencies to
move quickly into ‘new liberated areas’ and deliver services like
food and medicine to the beleaguered Somali people in an effort to make the
government more popular.”
The Obama administration has increased U.S. military assistance to Somalia over
the last several months. The New York Times admits that during 2009, when the
TFG was on the verge of collapse, the U.S. sent in millions of dollars in
In addition to the Obama administration’s commitment to launch military
strikes against Somalia, the activity of various European imperialist states
and Canada is designed to increase pressure on the resistance forces in the
On March 5, European Union Naval spokesperson Commander John Harbour revealed
that his forces have anticipated a spike in so-called “piracy”
attacks off the coast of Somalia in the Gulf of Aden. “We know
they’re coming,” said Harbour. “We’re taking the fight
to the pirates.” (Associated Press)
On the same day the French frigate Nivose reported seizing 35
“pirates” in three days off the coast of Somalia. In four
operations in early March, eleven people were reported taken into French
custody, with the assistance of a Spanish maritime airplane that was engaged in
a European Union military mission in the region.
The EU initiated what it calls the “Atalanta Anti-Piracy Mission”
in December 2008 in a concerted plan with the U.S., NATO and other countries to
guarantee undisturbed passage for vessels traveling through the Gulf of Aden
and the Indian Ocean, the world’s busiest shipping lane.
This massive build-up over the last 15 months failed to eliminate attacks on
ships by Somalis seeking compensation from firms for use of the waterways. In
April 2009, the U.S. Navy killed three Somali teenagers who had held a U.S.
boat in the Gulf of Aden. One 16-year-old was taken into custody, and is
awaiting trial in New York City charged with crimes under U.S. law.
Somalia and the ‘war on terrorism’
In preparation for the upcoming offensive against Al Shabaab and Hizbul Islam
in Somalia, the Canadian, British and U.S. governments have taken measures
against Somali expatriates living in these imperialist states. Canada
authorities agreed to list Al Shabaab as a “terrorist group”
purportedly to prevent the organization from raising funds inside the country.
They also announced that anyone convicted of aiding the Somali resistance
organization will be guilty of a criminal offense.
The British government is taking similar action against Al Shabaab, claiming
that the Somali group is connected to Al Qaeda.
U.S. authorities recently brought a man to New York City to face charges of
assisting a foreign “terrorist” organization. The indictment
unsealed on March 8 claims that Mohamed Ibrahim Ahmed had traveled to Somalia
in April 2009 and was trained at an Al Shabaab camp. Al Shabaab has been
designated a “terrorist” organization by the U.S.
In 1992, the George H.W. Bush administration sent thousands of U.S. Marines
into Somalia under the banner of United Nations Mission “Restore
Hope.” Over the next 18 months, Somali resistance forces fought the U.S.
military, which engaged in brutal acts of occupation and aggression against the
U.S. military losses forced the Clinton administration to withdraw. After 2001
Somalia became a central focus of the so-called “war on terrorism,”
which is really designed to establish U.S. imperialist control over the Horn of
Africa region and the surrounding waterways.
In 2006 Washington financed and coordinated a military invasion by the
pro-Western government in neighboring Ethiopia. Most Ethiopian soldiers
withdrew in January 2009 but have periodically entered the border regions to
carry out operations against the resistance forces of Al Shabaab.
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