|Africa News Digest
Anti-Islam Crusader Boykin Running Somalia Operation
Lt. Gen. William "Jerry" Boykin, the lunatic Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence (under the soon-to-depart Stephen Cambone), set up the current military operation in Somalia, as part of his overall running of clandestine operations against suspected terrorists, Niles Lathem wrote in the New York Post Jan. 15. Lathem says that Boykin is working closely with Hussein Farah Aidid, a former U.S. Marine and the son of Mohammed Farah Aidid, in running the operation against the Islamic Courts movement, for which the U.S. is providing funding and support.
Boykin was in charge of the "Blackhawk Down" operation in Somalia in 1993, during which he had a confrontation with one of Mohammed Aidid's top aides, who had said that Allah would protect him. "I knew that my God was bigger than his," Boykin said later. "I knew that my God was a real God and his was an idol." Boykin later showed photographs of Mogadishu, which supposedly had a dark spot over the city, which he described as "a demonic presence that God revealed to me as the enemy."
Newsweek reported on Jan. 9 that Secretary of Defense Robert Gates is likely to ask Boykin to follow Cambone out the door. "If you're getting rid of Cambone, you almost certainly have to get rid of Boykin," said former CIA counterterrorism official Philip Giraldi. "They're hand in glove. Gates feels it all went out of control, and they're doing too many things in too many places."
U.S.-U.K. Planned Ethiopian Invasion of Somalia in 2005
U.S. and British special forces and mercenaries planned and bankrolled the Ethiopian invasion of Somalia starting at the end of 2005, according to the Australian of Jan. 15. Citing the Sunday Times and Reuters as contributing sources, the Australian reports that, "A British SAS team has joined American special forces hunting al-Qaida terror suspects as they try to flee war-torn Somalia after the crushing defeat of the country's Islamist forces last week.... The dramatic victory by Ethiopian troops was the culmination of months of preparation inside and outside Somalia by U.S. and British special forces, and U.S.-hired mercenaries. The professional assistance was recruited by officials based in the U.S. embassy in Nairobi at the end of 2005 as part of a deniable operation, sources said. 'The brief was to enter Somali territory with the objective of studying the terrain, mapping and analyzing landing sites and regrouping areas, and reporting on suitable 'entry and exit points,' one source said.
"According to a CIA source, both American intelligence and its military have been bankrolling the Ethiopians since the start of last year, as well as providing them with satellite surveillance, technical, military, and logistical support. 'They not only gave them money and technical support but even spare parts where needed,'" the source said.