Friday, March 19, 2010

SOCAFRICA and OEF-TS

While the eyes of the United States are focused on Iraq (monitoring the recent elections and wondering how that affects the troop withdrawal) and on Afghanistan (the buildup to the Kandahar offensive) other United States military forces are at work in a more indirect way in Africa to fight America's battles.  SOCAFRICA is conducting
" . . . OEF-TS to counter the terrorism threat in North and West Africa.  OEF-TS supports the DOS-led Trans-Sahara Counter Terrorism Partnership (TSCTP) by increasing our partners' capabilities to deny safe havens to terrorists, improving border security, promoting democratic governance, and reinforcing regional as well as bilateral military ties.  OEF-TS activities are designed to defeat violent extremist organizations throughout the region".  (taken from page 27 of the document below).
  Read more in a statement of General William Ward of US Africa Command on March 9, 2010 before the Senate Armed Services Committee.  Click here to view the PDF file.

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