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U.S. expands secret intelligence operations in Africa

Discussion in 'International Forum' started by Askari Kanzu, Jun 14, 2012.

  1. Askari Kanzu

    Askari Kanzu JF-Expert Member

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    By Craig Whitlock, Thursday, June 14, 4:02 AM
    OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso - The U.S. military is expanding its secret intelligence operations across Africa, establishing a network of small air bases to spy on terrorist hideouts from the fringes of the Sahara to jungle terrain along the equator, according to documents and people involved in the project.

    At the heart of the surveillance operations are small, unarmed turboprop aircraft disguised as private planes. Equipped with hidden sensors that can record full-motion video, track infrared heat patterns, and vacuum up radio and cellphone signals, the planes refuel on isolated airstrips favored by African bush pilots, extending their effective flight range by thousands of miles.

    About a dozen air bases have been established in Africa since 2007, according to a former senior U.S. commander involved in setting up the network. Most are small operations run out of secluded hangars at African military bases or civilian airports.

    The nature and extent of the missions, as well as many of the bases being used, have not been previously reported but are partially documented in public Defense Department contracts. The operations have intensified in recent months, part of a growing shadow war against al-Qaeda affiliates and other militant groups. The surveillance is overseen by U.S. Special Operations forces but relies heavily on private military contractors and support from African troops.

    Full story (Washington Post)

    Bara la Africa linauzwa na viongozi uchwara kwa kupitia kisingizio cha "magaidi"!
  2. MD25

    MD25 JF-Expert Member

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    Kwa jinsi hizo millitary base walivyozi-reposition, naona baada ya Arab countries zinazofuata ni African countries. Soon tunarudi utumwani...
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    mageuzi1992 JF-Expert Member

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    God help us we are finished!
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    kwnn uwe na wasiwasi kama watu wamejitolea fedha na resources kukulinda??
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    the enemy of your enemy is your friend...,
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    wanatakiwa wame makini na zenji pia-maana watu na ideology ni ileile
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    FJM JF-Expert Member

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    Kuna ombwe la uongozi vibaya mno barani Africa. Viongozi uchwara kabisa. Americans are having a laugh from East to West. Na ukiangalia list ya mabalozi wao wengi walikuwa wanajeshi!
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    Niko na wasiwasi kuhusu latest military actiivity inayohusisha unmanned drones
    s this purely CIA activity. waangaliwe wasiongilie agenda zingine. Kama mugabe zim anavosema, there is recoloniztion plan na hawa wajungu. wanasiasa wamebaki kupigq domo bila ya kijadili hatma na usalama ya mataifa ya Afrika.