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Obama Deploys First Group of US Troops to South Sudan

21st Century Wire says…

Mission creep? More like a ‘new dawn’ for Africa.

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Indeed, famous last words of many a US President, now coming out of Barack Obama’s mouth today:

“These troops will remain in South Sudan until the security situation becomes such that it is no longer needed.”

Watch this space, as US AFRICOM’s first major set piece in the new Africa – the partitioning of Sudan and South Sudan – begins heating up this month.

Off the wire: “The US has deployed 45 troops to protect US personnel and assets in South Sudan amid ongoing fighting between rebels and government forces, the White House said. President Barack Obama sent a letter to Congress, saying the group of soldiers was sent Wednesday, AFP reported. The small force will remain in South Sudan “until the security situation becomes such that it is no longer needed,” Obama said.“Although equipped for combat, this force was deployed for the purpose of protecting US citizens and property.”

‘US citizens and property?’ Yes, we think there are bigger fish to fry in South Sudan, much bigger in fact. Realise that the major theme regarding the new South Sudan, is not only its oil fields and refineries, but also Chinese investment in the south. Two major points of contention which US AFRICOM was originally set-up to deal with. 

Rappler

WASHINGTON, DC –The United States has deployed 45 troops to protect US personnel and assets in South Sudan, amid intensifying fighting between rebels and government forces, the White House said Thursday.

In a letter to Congress, President Barack Obama said the force was sent Wednesday and “will remain in South Sudan until the security situation becomes such that it is no longer needed.”

“Although equipped for combat, this force was deployed for the purpose of protecting US citizens and property,” he added.

“This action has been directed consistent with my responsibility to protect US citizens both at home and abroad, and in furtherance of US national security and foreign policy interests, pursuant to my constitutional authority to conduct US foreign relations and as commander in chief and chief executive.”

Obama said the force consisted of “approximately” 45 troops, without giving a precise number.

The growing violence has prompted fears the world’s youngest nation could slide toward civil war.

The move came after the United States ordered all non-emergency embassy staff on Tuesday to leave South Sudan and stressed the onus was on the country’s leaders to end the violence.

The US mission in the capital Juba is also due to suspend normal operations for the time being.

The fighting in the world’s youngest nation has set off alarm bells in the international community, with the United Nations urging the warring groups to refrain from ethnic violence.

In an example of the danger facing foreign troops in the volatile country, 3 Indian peacekeepers were killed Thursday in an attack by ethnic Nuer youths on a United Nations base in Jonglei state. Other casualties are feared.

US authorities also urged Americans against travel to the troubled country, urging that “US citizens currently in South Sudan depart immediately.”

Those who choose to stay in South Sudan “should review their personal security situation and seriously reconsider their plans to remain,” it added.

READ MORE AFRICAN NEWS AT: 21st Century Wire AFRICOM File



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  • Robin Parker

    Did a child draw that map?

    • http://www.andersonmoshi.blogspot.com/ Anderson Moshi

      No, it was probably done on Microsoft Paint.

  • Willie Dowg

    So…..why did he not send troops to Benghazi for their protection?

    • nofearorfavor

      Exactly!! He pulls out the stops post haste for self serving interests but neglects doing it to save Americans because he had to cover up his tracks!

  • George Shaver

    hello

  • Freespirit

    While we are busy FIGHTING EACH OTHER, another example of the Establishment psychopaths moving on with their goal of World domination.

    What do I mean? Just check the comments in any one of these Alternative News sites and you will see how the comments DEGENERATE into arguments about the validity of each others abilities and knowledge,and calling each other names.

    It is no accident. I believe many of the quasi “commenters” are trolls who come on these sites, to play the “Bait and Switch” game, very cunningly, I might add, on behalf of the Minions and Stooges of the Establishment ( NWO ).

    A simple clue to their presence, is those who resort almost immediately, in their first couple of comments, to calling other commenters disgusting or ignorant names. The other technique they use is to change the subject ever so slightly, such as in this article ,one of the commenters starts talking about the IMPERFECTIONS of the map, to distract the readers from the REAL issue???……… which again usually results in in-fighting or at the very least, AWAY from the REAL issue..

    As a result No one wants to or can learn from others OR,and more importantly come together for a common cause.

    People are so busy thinking they are the smartest they end up looking like the dumbest……….ALL for the Glory of the NWO.

    It is called “Divide and Rule” or “Divide and Conquer” by means of “Bait and Switch”-same diff.

    • nofearorfavor

      He he Freespirit there you go — the map is the diversion…. happy? The US gov should stay out of Africa and attend to it’s own ever more pressing problems. 45 Soldiers away for Christmas, what would another few days have mattered for them to be home with their families…..shame on you Obama.

      • Freespirit

        Possibly, on your FIRST point and YES on your last point

  • nofearorfavor

    Fracking is vrekking (means dying in Dutch, Flemish and Afrikaans) in the USA, so now new rich oil fields must be found — Of course, Africa!! Plenty of it there and a walkover to annexe it! Interesting, let’s see what happens!