What began as a reaction to Tuareg activities in Mali steadily expanded across West Africa and the Sahel. Some six thousand French troops are supposedly combating jihadists in 5 countries. Not since the colonial era has France shown this level of military commitment in Africa.
What exactly is the true intention of the powers that be in the region?
In February 2012 France began the forward deployment of troops and aircrafts to Chad; a move that puzzled West African leaders… especially Nigeria, which is still grappling with the Boko Haram insurgency. Barely a week after this forward deployment of French forces, Tuareg rebels rose up in arms and expelled the national army of Mali from the north of the country. On that same day the Malian president was deposed in a palace coup.
This is where things got a little weird.
France Coalition Defeat of Terrorism In Francophone Countries
The French forces that had a week earlier forward deployed forces to Chad did nothing but watched. Mali’s military junta that seized power ordered the military to stand down, left a toke force group in the middle of the country to give the illusion they were battling the rebels whereas a coup was underway. In two months the government of Mali collapsed.
The Nigerian military was in no position to lead an ECOWAS intervention force as was expected; years of neglect had hollowed the once formidable Nigerian military, that was itself battling a home grown jihadi group Boko Haram.
After Tuareg rebels took control of the northern half of Mali, the military junta submitted a resolution to the UN Security Council and officially requested for French military assistance to deal with the deteriorating situation. As a result France launched “Operation Savel” and flushed out the tuaregs.
However, French military presence dramatically upset the regional security and triggered the rise of jihadi groups. This prompted French policy makers to upgrade and doubled up their forces in the region. Operation Barkhane” was launched as a result.
At the nexus of the battlespace is Nigeria, whose geopolitical importance is signified by the fact that it has been the force for peace in the region for decades, but is now surrounded by jihadist activities.
Nigeria Army Camp Zero Timeline
December 22, 2016: A milestone in the quest for victory over Boko Haram insurgents was recorded when the Nigerian army captured “Camp Zero,” the sect’s fortress located in the heart of Sambisa. It was a shocking and an unexpected turn of events.
The CIA had predicted it will take five years for Nigeria to capture Camp Zero, the operational headquarters of Boko Haram because the Nigerian military was broken due to years of neglect.
No one expected a quick victory. You would assume that a “congratulatory message” will be in order. On the contrary the CIA told the government of Niger that it has intelligence that ISIS affiliated insurgents from Nigeria were planning on establishing a cohesive foothold in Agadez, Niger, and thereby link all the Jihadi groups.
Of course the government of Niger lacks the resources to address this threat by itself, therefore delegated this issue to the United States and France. The Pentagon immediately began constructing a new base for drones in Agadez, which will be accompanied by facilities to holdSpecial Forces troops.
This military installation is meant to stem the activities of Boko Haram. The U.S already has a base in Niger’s capital, Niamey, which it used to strike targets across the region.
Coalition Of Western Power To Rid Terrorism In Africa
However the U.S said the battlespace in the region was too vast for the French and American forces to cover, hence Washington and Paris believed they need to set up more bases to enhance their operations.
The Air Force Base in Agadez is the 3rd foreign military installation in Niger. There are many more bases in Chad, Mali and Cameroon.
Before you plunder a man’s house, you must incapacitate him. The powers that be attack other states, those states collapse, liberated weapons fall into the hands of stateless recipients, and the arms makers sell more weapons to their home states to attack stateless forces. And on it goes – endless war, perpetual profit.
Take Turkey as an example; Turkey sold $69 million worth TB2 drones to Azerbaijan, same drones were successful game changers in Libya. Azerbaijan was keen to use the TB2 drone to reshape military balances in the Caucasus. Terrorism has become economics by other means.
The powers that be traffic prodigiously in the tools of global destabilization; with millions of dollars to be made. Is it any surprise that private companies are joining the foyer? There’s this guy, Erik Prince, founder of the now defunct Blackwater Private Military Contractor.
Erik came to Nigeria, made an offer to President Jonathan to destroy Boko Haram for $1 Billion. He appears to have made such offers against the wishes of both FSG’s corporate management and the United States, his main competitor at supplying anti-terrorism logistics.
The global flow of arms to terrorists shadows the arms trade between states. Captains of industry swim in the same sewage of arms as terrorists, trading weapons and influence to increase their shares of violence in ways that lead, inevitably, to moral bankruptcy and political impoverishment leaving suffering, human death and inhuman profits in their wake in Africa and beyond.