Friday, July 23, 2010


"Since 2001 renewed religious riots, outbursts of alleged 'terrorism' in the Sahara-Sahel and northern Nigeria, and militant threats to African oil exports have spurred the US to establish US African Command (AFRICOM) in collaboration with NATO's Special Forces (Keenan 2009).

"From 2006 onwards the US has carried out military and naval exercises in selected African states, including the Cape Verde archipelago proximate to oil blocks off Senegal, targeted for leasing to US multinational corporations (MNCs).

"AFRICOM was fully operational from 2008 (AFRICOM 2009; AFROL 2009a)..." - Africa: Africom, the Kleptocratic State and Under-Class Militancy