US Special Operations Forces Deploy to 138 Nations, 70 Percent of the World’s Countries

Posted: January 5, 2017 in Uncategorized

Source: Truthout

They could be found on the outskirts of Sirte, Libya, supporting local militia fighters, and in Mukalla, Yemen, backing troops from the United Arab Emirates. At Saakow, a remote outpost in southern Somalia, they assisted local commandos in killing several members of the terror group al-Shabab. Around the cities of Jarabulus and Al-Rai in northern Syria, they partnered with both Turkish soldiers and Syrian militias, while also embedding with Kurdish YPG fighters and the Syrian Democratic Forces. Across the border in Iraq, still others joined the fight to liberate the city of Mosul. And in Afghanistan, they assisted indigenous forces in various missions, just as they have every year since 2001.

For America, 2016 may have been the year of the commando. In one conflict zone after another across the northern tier of Africa and the Greater Middle East, US Special Operations forces (SOF) waged their particular brand of low-profile warfare. “Winning the current fight, including against the Islamic State, al-Qaeda, and other areas where SOF is engaged in conflict and instability, is an immediate challenge,” the chief of US Special Operations Command (SOCOM), General Raymond Thomas, told the Senate Armed Services Committee last year.

SOCOM’s shadow wars against terror groups like al-Qaeda and the Islamic State (also known as ISIL) may, ironically, be its most visible operations. Shrouded in even more secrecy are its activities — from counterinsurgency and counterdrug efforts to seemingly endless training and advising missions — outside acknowledged conflict zones across the globe. These are conducted with little fanfare, press coverage, or oversight in scores of nations every single day. From Albania to Uruguay, Algeria to Uzbekistan, America’s most elite forces — Navy SEALs and Army Green Berets among them — were deployed to 138 countries in 2016, according to figures supplied to TomDispatch by US Special Operations Command. . .

Source: US Special Operations Forces Deploy to 138 Nations, 70 Percent of the World’s Countries

Comments
  1. auntyuta says:

    Reblogged this on auntyuta and commented:
    This heading says it all!

  2. Rudolf says:

    Reblogged this on rudolfblog and commented:
    130 military bases in occupied Italy, alone. Enough to create their own plate number reading ‘AFI’ (allied forces in italy)plus something in excess of 100 nuke bombs located in the North.
    In Germany we have a secret pact imposed to the military defeated country soon after the end of WWII. Due to this ‘pact’ Germany is not allowed to show any stance which might collide with the zio-US diktats…This is demokracy and we’ll be always grateful to the liBBerators! Oy!

  3. Clearly, there is no question any longer, Rudolf, that the US has long passed the demarcation between “Republic” and “Empire” – just as Rome did.

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