In late December I posted US Deploying Troops to 35 African Nations, which began:

The headline for this story, at Current is Growing The Empire. US Deploying Troops To 35 African Countries.
Of course the DC spin is that this is all about “˜training’ troops of these nations.

Yesterday at TruthOut, John Pilger wrote, “The Real Invasion of Africa and Other Not-Made-for-Hollywood Holy Wars,” with an update on what’s happening.

The “˜Islamic terrorism’ that is an excuse for the enduring theft of Africa’s vast store of minerals was all but invented by US, Pakistani and British intelligence agencies, which created the mujahedin of al-Qaeda and the Taliban.

A full-scale invasion of Africa is under way. The United States is deploying troops in 35 African countries, beginning with Libya, Sudan, Algeria and Niger. …

The invasion has almost nothing to do with “˜Islamism,’ and almost everything to do with the acquisition of resources – notably minerals – and an accelerating rivalry with China. … As in the cold war, a division of labor requires that Western journalism and popular culture provide the cover of a holy war against a “˜menacing arc’ of Islamic extremism … .

Last year, the US Africa Command (AFRICOM)

… staged Operation Africa Endeavor, with the armed forces of 34 African nations taking part, commanded by the US military.

You can visit the AFRICOM website to learn more about what they’re doing, from their perspective. In general, their goals are: “Deter and defeat transnational threats. Prevent future conflicts. Support humanitarian and disaster relief. Protect U.S. security interests.”

Pilger’s analysis:

Long planned as a “˜mission’ for NATO, … the war on Africa became urgent in 2011 when the Arab world appeared to be liberating itself from the Mubaraks and other clients of Washington and Europe.

On a January 27, AFRICOM Commander Gen. Carter Ham provided a Presentation on the Role and Mission of United States Africa Command. The complete transcript follows this introduction:

Gen. Carter Ham spoke at Howard University to discuss his committment (sic) to the mission of strengthening the defense capabilities of African partners. AFRICOM strengthens the defense capabilities of individual African states as well as regional organizations so that they are more capable of providing for their own security which is in everyone’s best interest. He also commented on the successes of African Partnership Station (APS) and the African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM). Calling it his “˜highest priority,’ Gen. Ham also discussed how AFRICOM is supporting efforts to counter the growing network of violent extremist organizations in Africa.

Ham emphasized the latter point when he talked about U.S. “priorities” related to Africa.

At the top of that list, unsurprisingly, is countering violent extremist organizations. Sadly, that’s a necessary function for us in Africa today. But it’s not the only thing that we do. We do a lot more.

Another priority in the defense strategic guidance is maintaining global access to and throughout the continent so as to facilitate global trade. …

For us in the United States, the Gulf of Guinea is becoming increasingly important to us from an economic standpoint. So maintaining global access is important.

I included the last bit, about “global access,” not because it’s surprising, either (like “countering violent extremist organizations” is unsurprising), but because, maybe, it gives us an indication of one place we should be watching “” the Gulf of Guinea. In general, it certainly looks as if we should be paying attention to what our nation is doing in Africa as a whole.

(United States Africa Command Logo Via AFRICOM)