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U. S. Pushes ‘Secret War’ In Somalia While Oil Companies Fish For The Gold

Special to the Trice Edney News Wire from GIN

(Trice Edney Wire) – In a good  week, reports from the Horn of Africa couldn’t be more upbeat. “Somalia is a  good news story for the region,” declared Johnnie Carson, U.S. ass’t secretary  of state for African affairs last October, “for the region, for the  international community, but most especially for the people of Somalia  itself.”

This  year, however, the news picture went from upbeat to grim. Foreign Policy  magazine reported that the U.S. has upped its aid to Somali intelligence  agencies allied against al-Shabaab, the country’s Islamist insurgency. Training  camps were preparing Ugandan peacekeepers to fight Somalia militants, and  Predator drones, fighter jets and nearly 2,000 U.S. troops and military  civilians were being parked at a base in neighboring Djibouti.

Despite billions in U.S. aid spent on Somalia to, as President  Obama observed: “strengthen the security of the United States and promote world  peace,” a new U.N. report confirms that “the military strength of al-Shabaab,  with an approximately 5,000-strong force, remains arguably intact in terms of  operational readiness, chain of command, discipline and communication  capabilities.”

“By  avoiding direct military confrontation, it has preserved the core of its  fighting force and resources.”

Meanwhile, as the U.S. is pulled deeper into this costly and  seemingly unwinnable war, Western oil companies from Canada and Norway are  trolling Somalia’s semi-autonomous regions – Puntland and Somaliland – for  potentially-enriching oil exploration contracts.

In  some cases Somaliland and Puntland have awarded licenses for exploration zones  that overlap.

The  U.N. Monitoring Group warns:“Potentially, this means that exploration operations  in these blocks, conducted by both DNO (Norway) and Africa Oil (Canada) under  the protection of regional security forces, its allied militia or private  forces, could generate new conflict between Somaliland and Puntland.”

“It  is alarming that regional security forces and armed groups may clash to protect  and further Western-based oil companies interests,” the U.N. report said.

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