HOW AFRICOM thugs are laying the ground work for positioning AFRICOM's bases in Libya....with utter lies, and the hollyhoax of Al-CIAda and other CIA inspired groupings of patsies....
The Libyan cake of oil revenues is large enough for all! ( I think the Russians saw & understood this very well and decided to have the Syrian (important) gas revenues all for themselves.
"The United States is in discussions with the National Transitional Council (NTC) about a possible role for international forces in military training and counterterrorism in the new Libya, according to Assistant Secretary of State Jeff Feltman.
Feltman conducted a press call on Wednesday following his visit to Tripoli, where he met with NTC Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril, Chairman Mustafa Abdel Jalil, and civil society representatives. There are four U.S. military troops on the ground in Libya now, trying to figure out how to secure the battered U.S. embassy, but Feltman said there's a possibility of more U.S. military cooperation with the new Libyan government.
"There are a number of countries including the U.S. that would look favorably on such as a request.... The Libyans themselves have to make clear what they are comfortable with," ..."
BTW, I have a suggestion for the response the Libyans use to make "clear what they are comfortable with", and it is "FUCK OFF!" (aka Pressdram v Arkell (1971)unreported)....
The general responsible for U.S. military operations in Africa said Wednesday he is worried that three terrorist groups based on the continent are attempting to share training and collaborate in other ways in pursuit of their goal of attacking the United States and other foreign targets.
Army Gen. Carter F. Ham, commander of U.S. Africa Command, told a group of reporters that each of the three - al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, Somalia-based al-Shabab and Boko Haram - poses a “significant threat” not only in the areas in which they operate but also to the United States.
“Those three organizations have very explicitly and publicly voiced an intent to target Westerners and the U.S. specifically,” Gen. Ham said. “I have questions about their ability to do so; I have no question about their intent to do so, and that to me is very worrying.”
An even bigger concern, he said, is that the three are looking for ways to work together more closely. He said this is most apparent in efforts by al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, which is focused mainly on North Africa, and Boko Haram, a radical Muslim sect that wants strict Shariah law in Nigeria.
“They’ve expressed an interest in sharing training and operations and those kinds of activities, and that to me is very, very worrying,” Gen. Ham said.
“So if left unaddressed, you could have a [terrorist] network that ranges from East Africa through the center” and into the Sahel, an area of north-central Africa south of the Sahara desert, Gen. Ham said. To varying degrees, these groups are affiliated with or inspired by al Qaeda’s central organization in Pakistan.
U.S. counterterrorism operations have measurably degraded al Qaeda, killing eight of the group’s top 20 leaders this year alone, said Michael G. Vickers, the undersecretary of defense for intelligence, on Tuesday. He told an audience at the National Defense University that with sustained effort, “within 18 to 24 months, core al Qaeda’s cohesion and operational capabilities could be degraded to the point that the group could fragment and exist mostly as a propaganda arm.”
Gen. Ham and other senior U.S. officials have said they are concerned that as al Qaeda’s core is dismantled, a number of affiliated terror groups in other regions are growing in significance and ambition. These include groups not only in North Africa, but also on the Arabian Peninsula and in Somalia.
“I like the fact that al-Shabab and other extremist leaders in some parts of the world don’t know where we are, what we might do, what we are doing, what we’re not doing,” he said.
In a separate briefing for reporters at the Pentagon, three defense officials echoed Gen. Ham’s concern about efforts by al Qaeda-affiliated groups, like those in Africa, to work together more closely.
The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive intelligence analysis, also expressed worry that violent extremist groups are hoping to gain a foothold in post-Gadhafi Libya. One said the influx of foreign extremists into Libya appears to be modest so far but is a source of serious concern.
Gen. Ham made a similar point.
“This is a very legitimate concern of ours,” the four-star general said. “We have seen points in Libya in past years used as transit points for foreign fighters.”
Gen. Ham said his main concern in Libya is the prospect of certain categories of weapons and materials falling into the wrong hands. Listing three categories in the order of their importance, he cited shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles, conventional munitions that could be used to build improvised explosive devices and chemical materials left over from Libya’s partially dismantled chemical weapons program....