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    US Overseas Deployments and Bases

    Post  Russian Patriot on Tue Sep 29, 2009 6:24 pm

    Panama agrees to host two U.S. naval bases

    RIA Novosti

    02:03 28/09/2009 MEXICO, September 27 (RIA Novosti) - Panama will sign before October 2009 a treaty with the United States on the opening of two U.S. naval bases on its territory, a senior Panamanian government official said on Sunday.

    According to Panama's La Prensa newspaper, a preliminary agreement was reached between Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during recent talks in New York.

    "The U.S. and Panama will sign before October 30 an agreement on the deployment of two naval bases on the pacific coast of our country to fight international drug-trafficking," said Minister of Government and Justice Jose Raul Mulino.

    "One of the bases will be located in Bahia Pina...450 kilometers [280 miles] east of the capital, Panama City, and another one - in Punta Coca about 350 km [217 miles] west of the capital," Mulino added.

    The U.S. government will also allocate additional $7 million to Panama this year for the fight against organized crime and illicit drug trade.

    According to Panamanian intelligence, there are over 2,000 hideouts on the Pacific coast of Panama, which international drug cartels use as transshipment bases for narcotics shipped from South America to the United States.

    All U.S. bases in Panama were closed and U.S. military forces left the country at the end of 1999 in accordance with the Panama Canal treaties.

     

    http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/library/news/2009/09/mil-090928-rianovosti02.htm

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    Post  Pervius on Tue Jun 21, 2011 1:38 pm

    www.stripes.com/news/official-u-s-japan-will-delay-futenma-relocation-plan-1.146968

    Too many people in the United States and on Guam fighting against putting all that military hardware-people-money on one tiny island.

    Why did the Pentagon want to put all it's eggs in one basket to begin with? What a poor military strategy wasn't it?

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    Re: US Overseas Deployments and Bases

    Post  GarryB on Wed Jun 22, 2011 5:03 am

    A military base on a small island in the middle of the ocean sounds vulnerable, but when your country operates enormous carrier group forces and has plenty of subs it means it is very well protected from prying eyes or interference.

    It also means you soldiers can't go off base for the weekend and rape and murder some 13 year old girl.

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    Post  Pervius on Fri Jul 15, 2011 12:55 pm

    GarryB,

    That part of the world should be your specialty....do you know why all the old white men on that island who made it their home all have cancer and rare diseases and their kids were born with rare disorders,cancers, leukemia?

    What's up with that coral rock?

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    Post  GarryB on Sat Jul 16, 2011 2:25 am

    I could write 10,000 pages on it, but will say it couldn't be nuclear testing because the French told us that was safe.

    The US also told the Islanders it was safe too.

    The British did as well... and then moved their testing to where no one would care... Australia.

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    Post  Pervius on Mon Jul 18, 2011 4:36 am

    It's a toxic dumpsite.

    US Federal EPA has given DOD a waiver for the TCE at the bottom of the water table this year.

    Old wells shut down for having too much PCE.....are being re-opened so the military can sell the water to the public to fund its operation.


    Chemical weapons dumped at sea around that coral rock.....who knows what was dumped on land during military rule for decades.


    If you ever deploy their GarryB....bring your own water like the Aussie's.....well they bring pallets of beer....they don't drink water. ha ha ha ha!!

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    Post  GarryB on Mon Jul 18, 2011 5:39 am

    They had a documentary on Russia Today with an American veteran of the Pacific war and he was walking along a beach on a Pacific Island where thousands of his fellow Marines were killed taking the beach and the place was covered in plastic bags and plastic bottles and human waste that has just been dumped into the ocean and happened to wash up there.

    Sunny blue skies, deep blue ocean, white sand... if it didn't look like a rubbish dump you might think it was a beautiful place to live but with rubbish and sewerage just dumped in the ocean it would be the last place I would want to live to be honest.

    Life will adapt however... with their mini subs exploring Lake Baikal the Russians have solved an ongoing mystery... they knew oil was leaking into the water there from deep below the surface yet their tests for water purity in the water found there was little oil contamination. Had the oil leaks just started? No.

    They found bacteria that was consuming the oil... what happens when such bacteria spread?
    What happens if such bacteria happened to find their way into saudi oil wells?

    What happens when bacteria evolve to develop an appetite for plastic?

    The irony is that human waste can already be processed and used to generate useful power producing gases like methane, but dumping it in the sea it is not only useless for power generation it also ruins the environment at the same time.

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    Post  Pervius on Fri Aug 05, 2011 4:54 pm

    I've been to many islands in the Pacific.

    You can pick up trash on the beach...come back tomorrow and it's covered in trash again.


    There's a floating garbage patch in the Pacific Ocean from trash from Asia, the ocean currents have it in a gyre, larger than the US. Ocean currents bring all the trash by those islands.

    Back to Guam and why everyone dies there. There are chemical weapons dumped at sea around the island. Chemical weapons buried in the +100 military dumps. Back before there were hazardous material laws the island was a dumping ground for millions of gallons of oil, antifreeze, fuels, radioactive waste, munitions. The Marianas Trench has also been a dumping ground for radioactive material/waste...hence why the US HAD to make it a National Marine Park and ban any country from going below the water line...so they can't see what's down there.

    The US was wise for pulling the funding for a big military there. It's a toxic graveyard. Likely receiving more fallout from the 3 Japanese nuclear reactors that went critical.


    Poor island should just be renamed Death Isle. Somebody nuking it would be doing the United States a favor.

    I bet there's many chemical weapons buried there, US will leave in the ground just to save costs of properly disposing of it.

    Is the Russian Island near Japan that polluted? Were they stupid too with their chemicals?

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    Post  GarryB on Fri Aug 05, 2011 10:22 pm

    Their old chemicals were probably dumped in the same way but the modern stuff is being destroyed in custom built facilities as far as I know.

    It was a slow process because they had enormous stocks of that crap, but occasionally there have been progress reports on how they are getting on destroying all that stuff.

    Regarding the pollution in the sea... that is really bad, and it is not going to go away. We need to do something about it.

    The huge irony is that life often finds a way to survive and its solution might not suit us at all. What happens when the enormous amounts of plastic in the sea environment results in microbes that consume plastics. Sounds great for cleaning up our mess, but what happens when these microbes multiply and continue to consume plastic. Not as far fetched as it sounds because the Russians have found microbes that consume oil in Lake Baikal... would it be a huge step for them to consume oil based products?

    Perhaps running out of cheap oil would be a good thing... it might make the plastic and rubbish in the sea valuable so it becomes worth while sending out ships to scoop up all the old plastic so that it can be melted down and reused.
    A local company has developed a process of getting any sort of plastic (doesn't need to be sorted) and putting it in a machine that heats it and melts it into a large plastic block. The block is solid and water and weather proof and can be used as an inner layer for a building material because it is a good insulator, and it can also be used for things like sea barriers or road barriers. It is made of rubbish so it is cheap and it is a way of using rubbish rather than putting it in a land fill or dumping it at sea.

    I always hoped that the US would lead the way in clean green technology like that... things like Star Trek always seemed to show a utopian future where energy was not oil based and was cheap and there seemed to be nothing wasted... no silly consumerism or other wasteful concepts. As an added bonus such technology could be sold to the world to generate wealth and at the same time it would solve Americas dependence on oil... so it could solve its problems in dealing with Chavez and Saudi Arabia... that they would normally otherwise not have any ties to at all.

    The US has high moral standards, which I would respect rather more if they actually kept to them. Most of the time their exceptions to their high moral standards occur when their interests particularly in oil supply are involved.

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    Post  Vladimir79 on Fri Aug 05, 2011 11:05 pm

    Pervius wrote:www.stripes.com/news/official-u-s-japan-will-delay-futenma-relocation-plan-1.146968

    Too many people in the United States and on Guam fighting against putting all that military hardware-people-money on one tiny island.

    Why did the Pentagon want to put all it's eggs in one basket to begin with? What a poor military strategy wasn't it?

    They were moving them to ease political tension with Japan. All those sailors and marines raping local girls was getting too much. Now that China is shaking its stick Japan has lightened its position.

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    Re: US Overseas Deployments and Bases

    Post  GarryB on Sun Aug 07, 2011 7:02 am

    Well what do you know...

    http://rt.com/news/sci-tech/bug-plastic-cleaning-oceans/

    This should be seriously studied as it might be a great thing or it might be the worst thing possible.

    As mentioned in the article, those plastics contain toxic materials so if these bacteria convert the plastics to waste that includes those toxic materials they might enter and destroy the food chain. If they process the toxins and make them safe however perhaps we need to set up incubators and grow enormous amounts of these bacteria in put them in landfills and all the worlds oceans to deal with all the plastic.

    Perhaps it would be safer to collect up all the plastic rubbish and use the bacteria in special processing pools separate from the environment and then use the waste they produce for whatever it can be used for... ie it might be a useful fertiliser, or it might be good for plankton or whatever.

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    Post  Pervius on Sun Aug 07, 2011 9:44 am

    The suns ultra violet rays could be breaking down the plastic and the bacteria is just there to eat some of the byproducts.

    The bacteria eating plastic byproducts is a man-made organism:


    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nylon-eating_bacteria

    The RT news story was preceded by the CNN story quoting Massachusetts scientists. The US made the most money off of plastic....it would be them that would dump the Nylon-Eating bacteria into the oceans to dispose of their profit waste stream.

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    Post  Russian Patriot on Sun Oct 16, 2011 12:32 am

    Obama Deploys Troops to Central Africa

    Luis Ramirez | Pentagon October 14, 2011

    U.S. President Barack Obama has deployed 100 U.S. troops to Central Africa to help forces that are fighting the Lord’s Resistance Army group - known for its campaign of rape and killing in the region, and its use of child soldiers.

    The president, in a letter to Congress, said he has authorized the deployment of a small force of combat-ready U.S. troops.

    Defense department officials say the first of about 100 troops arrived in Uganda this week. The rest will follow in the coming weeks, moving into areas of South Sudan, the Central African Republic, and the Democratic Republic of Congo where the group operates. A department official says U.S. troops will remain as long as needed, perhaps several months.

    In his letter, President Obama said that although the troops will be combat-ready, they will only be providing information, advice, and assistance to regional forces fighting for the removal of Joseph Kony, who is the head of the Lord’s Resistance Army. Obama said the U.S. troops will not engage the L.R.A. directly, except in self-defense.

    Center for Strategic and International Studies Africa researcher Richard Downie explained why Kony is of concern to the United States.

    “Joseph Kony and his followers have committed egregious human-rights abuses in a large swathe of Africa for many, many years now.

    Really, I think the U.S. feels it has to act to tackle the L.R.A. because of the abuses it has committed. It does not pose a national security threat to the United States as such, but it feels impelled to act in this situation,” he said.

    The deployment is in line with President Obama’s public commitment to promote governance and human rights in Africa. The troops will primarily assist the Ugandan army, which has taken the lead in fighting the L.R.A.

    Downie says Uganda and other nations in the region have been unable to eradicate the group on their own and are eager for U.S. help.

    “Intelligence suggests that it is operating in perhaps two or three small groups in very remote areas, one of them in the far northeast of the

    Congo, another in the Central African Republic, and perhaps another one also in South Sudan. So this really explains why it is so difficult to eliminate this group because they are operating in a remote region, in very, very small groups,” said Downie.

    The Pentagon is not saying what types of units are being deployed. Officials say soldiers will work to safeguard civilians.

    The U.S. launched a similar support operation to try to combat the L.R.A. in 2008. That mission failed to capture Kony and other commanders. The operation came under criticism by human-rights advocates, who said the effort resulted in a campaign of revenge by L.R.A. fighters who killed hundreds of civilians in the months that followed.

    http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/library/news/2011/10/mil-111014-voa01.htm

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    Re: US Overseas Deployments and Bases

    Post  Russian Patriot on Tue May 01, 2012 6:56 pm

    Six months ago the US sent an elite unit to hunt down guerrilla leader Joseph Kony. They've not met Kony’s forces yet – they mostly stay holed up in their camps. But they are trying their best to collect local rumors that could help Ugandan troops.

    ­The 100 American troops on location rarely leave the safety of their camps, which are shielded by barbed wire and surveillance systems. They already have five such heavily-guarded camps in the region – in South Sudan, Congo, the Central African Republic, and two in Uganda.

    The only help the veteran Green Berets provide to their African colleagues is technical advice and intelligence about the Lord’s Resistance Army's possible locations. Although the US forces are, as always, well-armed, they are only permitted to shoot in self-defense. In such conditions, US soldiers prefer to stay away from the action in unfamiliar territory.

    The veterans of conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq and other sandy oil-rich regions spend most of their time interviewing locals who might have seen something in the jungle or heard of the whereabouts of Kony and his army.

    But the high-tech means of tracking, surveillance and reconnaissance have proven useless in the jungle, especially after Kony allegedly ordered his ruthless militia to stop using all electronic communication devices and return to old-school methods.

    Kony’s LRA went deep underground after the International Criminal Court declared them wanted in 2005. Last month, Ugandan Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi confirmed the LRA, which now consists of only several hundred fighters, was completely forced out of Uganda in 2006.

    The warlord himself reportedly left Uganda long ago, but thousands of troops from Uganda, the Central African Republic, South Sudan and Congo continue searching for him in the remote jungle terrain.

    The US military joined the hunt last October, after Uganda announced the discovery of some 2.5 billion barrels of crude oil.

    http://rt.com/news/kony-us-troops-camps-uganda-327/

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    Post  George1 on Wed Feb 11, 2015 11:36 am

    Majority of Troops Fighting Ebola Outbreak in West Africa to Return - DoD

    Pentagon announced that the United States will return most of its military personnel located in West Africa.

    WASHINGTON, February 11 (Sputnik) — The United States will return most of its military personnel located in West Africa helping to fight the Ebola outbreak since being deployed to the region in September, the Pentagon announced in a statement.

    “Given the success of the U.S. response to the crisis, the majority of DoD personnel in West Africa will now return home,” the Pentagon statement read on Tuesday.

    Some 1,500 troops will return to the United States beginning on Tuesday and nearly all will follow returning by April 30, according to the Pentagon statement.

    The Pentagon said that the agency would support about 10,000 civilian responders who are still in West Africa by leaving behind “important assets that can help health workers stem potential outbreaks in the future.”

    Health care workers walk past boots that were washed to prevent the spread of the Ebola virus inside a USAID, funded Ebola clinic in Monrovia, Liberia, Friday, Jan. 30, 2015. The World Health Organization says officials are now focused on ending the biggest-ever Ebola outbreak rather than just slowing the virus’ spread.

    Additionally, the Pentagon will continue to have 100 personnel in the region who will help with increasing “disease preparedness and surveillance capacity of the national governments.”

    “Over the past several months, the Department of Defense delivered critical life-saving resources, constructed Ebola Treatment Units, trained hundreds of local and international healthcare workers, and provided logistical support to humanitarian and public health workers who provided care throughout West Africa,” the Pentagon statement read.

    The US began deploying troops to the region to assist with fighting the Ebola outbreak in September 2014 in an operation known as Operation United Assistance.

    According to WHO statistics, the deadly Ebola virus disease has killed over 9,000 people in the three most affected West African countries. The number of confirmed cases has exceeded 22,525.

    Read more: http://sputniknews.com/africa/20150211/1018086761.html#ixzz3RQoKpcbL

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    Post  George1 on Fri Mar 20, 2015 3:28 am

    The Endless War Continues? US to Keep Bases in Afghanistan Open Past 2015

    Just about a year ago, President Obama said that by the end of 2015, the number of US military troops stationed in Afghanistan would be cut in half from the current 10,000 level and they would operate only from bases in Kabul and Bagram.

    But that may not happen, at least not for the foreseeable future. The US says conditions in Afghanistan have changed since the president made that speech last May, and it would need all 10,000 troops in order to help Afghanistan fight the Taliban.

    The US considers the new Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to be more cooperative and wants to help out, officials tell Reuters. Additionally, the White House doesn’t want to see a repeat of what happened in Iraq when US forces pulled out – local security forces eventually collapsed and the country was thrown into utter chaos.

    President Obama is expected to decide within the next few days whether to go through with a policy reversal in Afghanistan and slow down the withdrawal of US troops. Ghani, who supports keeping US troops in Afghanistan at the current level, will be in Washington next week and US troop presence is expected to be a top subject. Ghani shares power with Abdullah Abdullah as part of a unity government.

    Abdullah, who also supports not changing current troop level, will be in Washington with Ghani and will focus on lobbying for greater US presence in Afghanistan to help the new government fight the Taliban.

    US troops in Afghanistan have been a constant presence since 2001, when the US invaded the country after the September 11 terrorist attacks. At one point close to 36,000 US soldiers were deployed in Afghanistan, reaching a high of 53,000 after President Obama ordered 17,000 extra troops to the region in 2009. There have been gradual drawdowns ever since.

    Read more: http://sputniknews.com/middleeast/20150319/1019726730.html#ixzz3UtAc9Bry

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    Post  George1 on Tue Mar 24, 2015 10:20 am

    US to Support 352,000 Strong Afghan Security Force

    The US Defense Department will seek funding to support 352,000 Afghan security forces until 2017 in order to ensure the security gains are not lost, US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter said after meeting with Afghan leaders at Camp David.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Maintaining Afghan security forces at the 350,000 level has cost about $4 billion per year.

    “The Defense Department intends to seek funding for Afghan forces to sustain end strength of 352,000 personnel through 2017,” Carter stated on Monday after a day of talks with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive of Afghanistan Abdullah Abdullah.

    Carter explained the decision to support Afghan troop levels came after recommendations from Afghan and coalition military commanders to ensure security is maintained after the US and NATO combat mission ended last December.

    On their trip to the United States, Ghani and Abdullah will also meet with other senior US officials including Treasury Secretary Jack Lew and Secretary of State John Kerry.

    US President Barack Obama is scheduled to meet with the two Afghan leaders at the White House on March 24.

    The Afghan visit comes nearly three months after the US-led NATO mission ended combat operations in Afghanistan after 14 years in the war-torn country.

    The US military maintains some 10,000 troops in Afghanistan dedicated to train Afghan security forces, as well as engaging in limited counterterrorism operations in a new mission called Resolute Support.

    US military presence in Afghanistan is expected to be cut to 5,500 troops by the middle of 2015 and be brought down to an embassy presence by the end of 2016.

    Read more: http://sputniknews.com/military/20150324/1019912994.html#ixzz3VIDut4mF

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    Post  George1 on Wed Apr 01, 2015 11:25 pm

    Latin American Countries Want to Remove All US Military Bases

    Leaders from the United States, Canada and Latin America are gathering April 10-11 at the 7th Summit of the Americas to be held in Panama City, Panama, to talk about a variety of issues affecting the Western Hemisphere, including Cuba’s relationship with the United States as both countries thaw out of a decades-long diplomatic freeze.

    Another controversial subject some of the member countries want to take up is asking the US government to close all military bases in Latin America.

    "That is something that belongs in the Cold War,” said Colombian former president Ernesto Samper. "This is growing global economy and we have to leave aside all remnants of the past, especially unilateral politics. The bases are no longer relevant and should go."

    This isn’t the first time that Latin American leaders have asked the US government to close its military bases in the region, and like previous pronouncements on the subject, it is expected to go nowhere.

    The US has several bases scattered throughout Latin America, including in Cuba (Guantánamo Bay), Brazil, Puerto Rico, and Honduras.

    Samper and other Latin American leaders also criticized the US for its recent remarks on Venezuela, when the Obama administration declared Venezuela “a security threat.”

    "No country has the right to judge another and impose sanctions or punishments unilaterally and on their own," Samper said.

    Political observers call the upcoming gathering "historic" because of Cuba’s presence and what that may mean for talks between the United States and Cuba. This is the first time since 1962 that Cuba attends a Summit of the Americas. There is even speculation whether President Obama would shake hands with Cuban leader Raúl Castro (Fidel Castro is not expected to attend) as part of the US continuing efforts to normalize relations between the two countries after more than 50 years.

    Thirty-one leaders are expected to attend the summit, including the presidents of the United States, Mexico, Argentina, Cuba and Venezuela.

    Read more: http://sputniknews.com/us/20150401/1020331869.html#ixzz3W5wzAhZ9

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    Post  George1 on Tue Apr 07, 2015 10:18 pm

    US Troops Head to Honduras as Other Latin American Countries Want Them Out

    While some Latin American leaders are calling on the US government to close all their bases in the region, Honduran military authorities recently announced that nearly 300 US Marines will be based at Soto Cano Air Base as part of a “Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force.”

    The Pentagon says the Marines will be in the Central American country to help train Honduran and other military forces in the region to carry out humanitarian assistance missions and anti-drug operations.

    The Marines arriving in Honduras coincides with the opening of the Central American Regional Security Conference, a gathering of military, intelligence and anti-drug representatives from 14 nations who are convening to talk about ways to combat drug-related crime, which has seen an uptick of late in Central America.

    The US is represented at the conference by officials from the Defense Department, the White House, and the National Security Council, among others.

    "There is a large contingent of US officials here (at the conference.) This is the first time we’ve had someone from the White House at that high a level attend this conference," said Honduran president Juan Orlando Hernández during welcoming remarks in the capital city of Tegucigalpa. "I know that the region is among President Obama’s top four national security and national policy priorities."

    The Pentagon considers the Soto Cano air base as critical for the US’s presence in Central America – it is the only US military base in the region.

    The publication People’s World reports that the Defense Department has identified Honduras as the center for US military communications in Central America and as a base for fighting against drug smuggling.

    Honduras has one of the highest murder rates in the world and is considered a stopping point for illegal drugs traveling to the United States from South America.

    While former Colombian President Ernesto Samper and other Latin American leaders recently called for the US to close all military bases in Latin America, the Honduran government has remained welcoming of US military presence.

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    Post  George1 on Tue Apr 21, 2015 5:42 pm

    US Navy Sends Aircraft Carrier 'Theodore Roosevelt' to Yemen

    The United States is sending an aircraft carrier and a guided missile destroyer to Yemen in response to instability in the war-torn country, the US Navy said on Monday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The two warships will join seven US warships in the area and come as Iran said it had dispatched nine warships toward Yemen.

    The aircraft carrier USS “Theodore Roosevelt and [guided-missile cruiser USS] Normandy have joined other US forces conducting maritime security operations in the Arabian Sea, Gulf of Aden, the Strait of Bab-el-Mandeb and the Southern Red Sea,” the US Navy said.

    “In recent days, the US Navy has increased its presence in this area as a result of the current instability in Yemen,” it added.

    US officials suspect the Iranian warships are carrying arms to the Houthi rebels in Yemen, which the United States and Saudi Arabia claim are backed by Iran. Tehran denies the charges.

    The UN Security Council passed a resolution on Tuesday imposing an arms embargo on the Houthis and on forces loyal to the former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who are allied against the ousted Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.

    Saudi Arabia’s navy has implemented a blockade of Yemen’s ports.

    The Houthis have taken over large swaths of Yemen since taking over the capital Sanaa in September 2014 and ousting Hadi in February 2015.

    Late in March 2015, Hadi asked the Arab League for military aid, prompting a Saudi Arabia-led coalition to begin bombing Houthi positions in Yemen. Several hundred civilians have been killed in the Saudi-led airstrikes.

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    Post  George1 on Tue Apr 28, 2015 12:24 am

    NATO Expands in Horn of Africa Despite Torture Allegation

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    Post  George1 on Tue May 12, 2015 4:02 pm

    US to Deploy Marines to Honduras in June for Hurricane Disaster Relief

    About 200 Marines will deploy to Honduras from June to November 2015 to provide disaster relief in the region.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — US Marines will be deployed to Honduras from June until November 2015 to assist local authorities with relief operations during the upcoming hurricane season, US Department of Defense announced in a briefing.

    “About 200 Marines will deploy to Honduras from June to November to coincide with the hurricane season, during which time they could be called upon to provide disaster relief in the region,” Pentagon spokesman US Army Col. Steve Watson told reporters on Monday.

    Col. Watson explained that once in country, the Marines will also contribute to construction and restoration projects such as concerning roads and schools.

    “As with all exercises of this type, the Department of State and US Ambassador were consulted in every step, and approved this deployment, as did the government of Honduras,” he added.

    Honduras has not suffered a major hurricane disaster since 1998 when Hurricane Mitch killed 14,000 people and caused damage estimated at $3.8 billion. However, renewed hurricane threats are feared as a consequence of global warming. Honduras has also been hit by repeated droughts over the past decade, causing devastating drops in corn and bean production by up to 70 percent in a year.

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    It’s Not Just Troops: US Plans to Open New Military Base in Iraq

    While insisting it does not represent a shift in his overall strategy, President Obama has ordered the deployment of 450 US troops back into Iraq to help counter the Islamic State terrorist group. Given that all those troops are going to need a place to stay, the US will also construct a new base in a country it’s supposed to be withdrawing from.

    Barack Obama ran both of his presidential campaigns on a promise to wind down America’s foreign wars. Even as the self-proclaimed Islamic State terrorist group has taken advantage of the power vacuum left by the US invasion, gaining large swaths of Iraq and Syria, Obama has remained steadfast: No boots on the ground.

    "As your commander in chief, I will not commit you and the rest of our armed forces to fighting another ground war in Iraq," the president said last September.

    That pledge has come with a few caveats. For one, while the US has been adamantly against ground combat missions, it has targeted Islamic State militants with strategic airstrikes.

    Secondly, the Pentagon has retained a large troop presence in Iraq, though only for training and advising Iraqi forces. Currently, the United States has 3,000 military personnel spread across four separate training sites.

    As early as this summer, the White House could be sending an additional 450 troops into Iraq, seemingly reversing President Obama’s regional strategy. Cementing a prolonged US presence even further is the fact that those new troops will be stationed at a new training facility to be built in Anbar province.

    "These new advisers will work to build capacity of Iraqi forces, including local tribal fighters, to improve their ability to plan, lead and conduct operations against ISIL in the eastern Anbar under the command of the prime minister," White House press secretary Josh Earnest said in a statement on Wednesday.

    The new base will be constructed at the Iraqi military base, Taqaddum. US officials hope that the facility’s location in eastern Anbar will provide troops with a unique ability to reach out to Sunni tribes in the area, potentially recruiting them in the Shiite-majority Iraqi Army.

    "The Sunnis want to be part of the fight," a senior US official told the New York Times. "This will help empower them, creating more recruits and more units to fight ISIL."

    In addition to the training operation, the White House will also hasten the delivery of a new weapons stockpile to both the Iraqi Army and tribal fighters struggling against the Islamic State. Because the administration has resisted arming Sunni tribes in the past, it claims it is sticking to that policy by only shipping arms directly to the Iraqi Army, which will then, ideally, enlist Sunni fighters.

    In this way, the White House can deny it has directly armed tribal forces.

    Obama said that his decision follows a request from Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi during the G7 summit in Germany earlier this week. With US help, the Iraqi government hopes to assemble a force of 10,000 to retake the city of Ramadi from Islamic State militants. From there, coalition forces would stand a better chance of retaking Mosul, the country’s second-largest city.

    "This decision does not represent a change in mission, but rather adds another location for DOD to conduct similar activities in more areas in Iraq," the Department of Defense said in a statement, stressing the Obama administration’s insistence that the US will not be drawn into another ground war.

    "This effort is in keeping with our overarching strategy to work with partners on the ground to degrade and ultimately defeat ISIL."

    While the administration stresses that US troops will be far from the frontline, many US lawmakers have been pushing for the US to take a more active combat role. Arizona Senator John McCain has urged Obama to approve the use of spotters for calling in airstrikes, as well as helicopter gunships.

    During a visit to Israel on Tuesday, General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, noted that the new US base signifies an expanded military footprint in the region. Time will tell how much more expansive that presence will become.

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    US Ramps Up Military Presence in Latin America

    Peruvians marched in the capital city Lima to protest the planned arrival of more than 3,000 US military personnel and the continued US military intervention in the South American country, local media reported on Thursday.

    The march began from the Plaza San Martin in central Lima and moved to the US embassy.

    Demonstrators protested the government’s decision to allow the US to send 3,200 soldiers armed with weapons, ships, and planes to Peru, whose arrival is expected September 1, Prensa Latina news agency reported.

    Despite the parliament’s approval of the American military presence in the country, the protesters condemned it as an assault on Peruvian national sovereignty and security.

    Russia’s REGNUM news agency earlier quoted Gustavo Espinoza, the chief editor of Nuestra Bandera magazine and the head of the Center for Marxist Studies at the Jose Marti University in Lima, as saying that the US was “shifting the focus of its military operations from the Middle East to Latin America to defend the interests of big imperialist monopolies and oligarchic companies.”

    In an interview with La Radio del Sur, Espinoza warned that the US military presence in Peru could spread elsewhere in the region.

    The 3,200 military personnel will be in Peru only temporarily, while three more US military groups of at least seven contingents that have arrived in Peru this year will stay for 12 months.

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