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U.S. Weapons Now in Somali Terrorists' Hands

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posted on Aug, 2 2011 @ 12:24 PM
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U.S. Weapons Now in Somali Terrorists' Hands


www.wired.com

Bad news in the five-year-old U.S. proxy war against al-Qaida–allied Somali insurgents. Half of the U.S.-supplied weaponry that enables cash-strapped Ugandan and Burundian troops to fight Somalia’s al-Shabab terror group is winding up in al-Shabab’s hands.

The kicker: It’s the cash-strapped Ugandans who are selling the weapons to the insurgents.

This revelation, buried in U.N. reports and highlighted by controversial war correspondent Robert Young Pelton at his new Somalia Report website, raises some unsettling questions about Washington’s plans to out-source more wars in the f
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posted on Aug, 2 2011 @ 12:24 PM
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I am fully aware that this article is about the Somali terrorist gaining access to US weapons ... but in light of our recent concerns over the idea that our political "leaders" spend "our" money as if they were drunken sailors, consider this....

Roughly 9,000 Ugandan and Burundian soldiers belonging to the African Union’s peacekeeping force in Mogadishu, codenamed “AMISOM.” are funded by US tax dollars....


...Washington pays the troops and sends them regular consignments of guns, rockets and ammo. Between 2007 and 2009, the bill for U.S. taxpayers came to around $200 million — and has probably doubled since then.

The problem is, the Ugandan army withholds most of the peacekeepers’ $550 monthly paychecks, keeping the money in bank accounts in Uganda accessible only by the troops’ families. Considering “limited shopping opportunities for embattled AMISOM troops, you would think that makes sense to keep their money at home,” Pelton wrote. “Except that the AMISOM payment debacle leaves thousands of troops surrounded by tons of weapons with no way to buy even ’small small’ things like personal items, sweets or mobile phone recharges to call home.”


Now really, who benefits here? Arms manufacturers, that's who..... Eisenhower's warning about the "Military Industrial Complex" must never be forgotten in these times of economic hardship..... because in the end, the banks insist we stay at war.



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posted on Aug, 2 2011 @ 12:28 PM
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thats what the US has been doing for 20 years..Mujahideen in the soviet war, Libyan rebels and now this..



posted on Aug, 2 2011 @ 06:21 PM
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Lol.. I'm waiting for a country to completely make up a terrorist group so they can get military aid and sell it off for money.



posted on Aug, 2 2011 @ 06:42 PM
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sounds about right. will peeps ever learn... we should stay out of other national business we tend to make things worse..



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