Sjursen: What On Earth Is The US Doing By Bombing Somalia? | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Sjursen: What On Earth Is The US Doing By Bombing Somalia?

Authored by Maj. Danny Sjursen, USA (ret.) via AntiWar.com,

The Trump administration has quietly ramped up a vicious bombing – and covert raiding – campaign in Somalia amid a global coronavirus pandemic. Neither the White House nor the Pentagon has provided any explanation for the deadly escalation of a war that Congress hasn’t declared and the media rarely reports. At stake are many thousands of lives.

The public statistics show a considerable increase in airstrikes from Obama’s presidency. From 2009 to 2016, the U.S. military’s Africa Command (AFRICOM) announced 36 airstrikes in Somalia. Under Trump, it conducted at least 63 bombing raids just last year, with another 39 such attacks in the first four months of 2020. The ostensible US target has usually been the Islamist insurgent group al-Shabab, but often the real – or at least consequent – victims are long-embattled Somali civilians.

As for the most direct victims, it’s become clear that notoriously image-conscious AFRICOM public affairs officers have long undercounted and underreported the number of civilians killed in their expanding aerial bombardments. According to Airwars, a UK-based airstrike monitoring group, civilian fatalities – while low relative to other bombing campaigns in Iraq, Afghanistan, or Syria – may exceed official Pentagon estimates by as much as 6,800 percent.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This struggle really doesn't have a great deal to do with the "real reason" the US is allegedly in Somalia, i.e., not the presence of the al-Shabab insurgency, but the following:

Somaliland: Sanaag Region New Source of Rare Earth Elements

The struggle in Somalia, has to do with what countries will have the rights to mine these rare earth elements used in a vast array of 21st century technology, but also to which countries these elements will be sold, and in what currency.

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