The US recently increased defense spending by $87 billion to $716 billion for 2019. US Africa Command is currently witnessing its 10 year anniversary and supports about 1,000 personnel operating in the Sahel region alone supporting African-led and French assisted missions. This is a significant percentage of the total of number of uniformed personnel, Department of Defense civilians, and contractors that work on any given day at 7,200 men and women. US AFRICOM’s drone base is relocating from Niamey to the city of Agadez in Niger and is providing training and equipment to Nigerian Armed Forces under the Trans Sahara Counter Terrorism Partnership. While enemy combatants in Niger are largely forces belonging to Al-Qaeda and ISIS-Greater Sahara, Chad is composed of mainly Boko Haram and ISIS-West Africa. The US AFRICOM mission in Chad includes logistics, sustainment, and maintenance with the Chadian Special Anti-Terrorism Group (SATG). In addition, the US military is also helping with intelligence, border surveillance and counter-IED capabilities according to a recent testimony before Congress.
While conflict areas in Africa remain high priorities for global security, local civilian populations in these areas will continue to demand AID. However, the current state of AID remains the subject of wide criticism for corruption. In an effort to address internal corruption within many AID programs, Congress is in the process of possibly rolling up some organizations. In addition to this, the US government and international community addressing the security and humanitarian crisis should institute a multilevel program that begins in AID provided at the crisis phase and ends in development finance upon reaching increasing levels of stability. Results should be measured at milestones and benchmarks along the way in order for local governments to be provided the opportunity to qualify and meet expectations for future development that require outside countries and the businesses to take risks. These milestones showing incremental progress along targeted benchmarks in stability and growth will drive the risk of development down and increase interest for private investment. Currently AID programs do not require local governments to set goals that can reached to show investors and risk assessors progress which could drastically affect credit and financing and offer collateral.
Further, no coordination exists between local governments, public private partnerships, private companies, and NGOs working in the same geographic areas with each investing resources in its own agenda irrespective of opportunities to pool resources, divide costs, and promote shared or common interests. This lack of coordination increases the overhead of each organization and can even create imbalances or introduce new problems between multiple institutional efforts. This coordination should be taking place across the continent as well, because opposing visions for the security and development of Africa are currently contributing to the instability of the region which has reached a global scale.
This can be seen currently in mass migration movements. While terrorism is shaping the Horn of Africa and the Sahel and West Africa, the other more stable Sub Saharan countries are undergoing large scale development but in such a way as to contribute to the security and humanitarian problems on the continent. Large scale land purchases in Tanzania, Guinea, Gobon, Ethiopia, Sierra Leone, Cameroon, D.R. Congo, and Mozambique by foreign entities in Korea, China, India, Saudi Arabia, Europe, and others for industrial farming has contributed towards continental deforestation, desertification, other ecological problems, as well as mass migration. Land purchases in order to carve large industrial farms have been recorded as lows as US$0.80/hectare/year in Ethiopia and $0.50 – $7.10 per hectare/year in other countries. These land conversions to industrial farms is also sending the majority of the continent’s food supply for export while requiring increasing quantities of food from AID programs to import food or cash injections to buy it.
The distribution of food needs to be reorganized with public and private sector cooperation regionally and internationally, because relatively few infrastructure projects are being built in compensation for these low values of land, and the creation of industrial farms has driven many of the local populations including local farmers into migration. The quantity of land purchased for industrial farms measures almost the size of the United States. Migrants pushed out of these lands show a high probability of inflating numbers to conflict areas where rebels recruit a steady stream of fresh fighters among migrants. With unemployment being one of the big drivers of migration, the lack of education and job training are secondary problems of employment to the issue of employable men being former combatants from violent extremists networks. NGOs working in disarmament and reeducation of former al-Qaeda, Islamic State, Boko Haram, or al-Shabaab servants discuss the difficulties of having such a large percentage of the workforce in a country or region being former combatants whom nobody wants.
African migrants who are also former combatants will continue to be a problem for African countries and foreign interests much the same way that Idlib is in Syria, but on a much larger scale. Idlib currently houses some 30,000 terrorists of differing nationalities ranging from European to Middle Eastern and Asian in which their country of origin will not accept their reentry. Often disarmed former combatants are driven from their families and neighborhoods and employers do not want to hire former terrorists. Thus the placement of former al-Qaeda, IS, Boko Haram, al-Shabaab or other violent extremist group will continue to limit the size of the region’s desirable work force and hinder the progress of security, law enforcement, and border protection. Thus, the manner in which large land purchases are made and development projects commence should target local populations for work and attract peaceful migrants to new jobs instead of continuing to displace workers that could potentially fuel rebel militias.
Development and foreign investment also needs to fuel the local economy and the local government’s ability to finance further infrastructure and industry development. Stable countries that are undergoing economic transformation should serve as a model for countries currently engaged in conflict. African countries should leverage the competition between foreign interests to maximize their development capacity and negotiate reciprocal engagements within public private partnerships and close loopholes that fuel corruption on multiple sides. With critical infrastructure needed in the US, Europe especially UK, Russia, and China as well as throughout Africa, the resource development of mining minerals, oil, and gas in African countries should be organized with the cross-development of infrastructure in both Africa and outside countries.
This would create a new development model for the continent that could reduce risk to foreign investment and head off further instability caused by imbalanced state agreements, loans, or one-sided business deals. In other words, the development of oil, gas, and mining industries in African countries should fuel infrastructure development in both the African country and foreign country investing in security and AID. This way, the African country receives security, AID, infrastructure, and industry development, and the foreign country receives raw materials needed for infrastructure development in its country. Private companies get the domestic and international business to build the infrastructure and develop industries. The cross-development of infrastructure between Africa the outside country would lower the risk factor for investment. This approach serves the peace and stability of the region and the global community.
Mike “Thomas Paine” Moore writes to expose Former CIA Director John Brennan among others in his book, Paine: How We Dismantled the FBI in Our Pajamas. The book available on Amazon provides an account of one cover up after another by George W. Bush, Barack Obama and the Clinton Cartel, and a long line of FBI and CIA directors and other entities working together in one of the longest running scandals in recent history.
Working as one cohesive team subverting party lines and international borders this crew is responsible according to Mike Moore for the ruin the many who have pushed for investigations into Iran’s hiding of Osama bin Laden in the Islamic Republic after 9/11. The words the writer uses to describe these efforts are conspiracy and treason also involving former elites in the Saudi Kingdom and Supreme Leader Khamenei in Iran as the leader of the infamous Committee of Nine, a criminal ring of international and state-sponsored terrorism.
Moore describes the detailed process of the FBI’s use of public raids and the media’s role to provide conveniently identical character assassinations in the press to destroy the reputations of those who tried to initiate the investigations on recovered intel for Osama bin Laden in Iran during both wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now, other documents published outside Mike Moore’s book detail the involvement of the Islamic Republic of Iran in the 9/11 attack, and other documents released over the years discuss Iran’s hosting of al-Qaeda members in Iran under so called, “house arrest.” This would also partly explain some of the motivation to silence current protests in Iran against the Islamic Republic and the ongoing information handling within compromised media of Iran related topics as news.
This evidence certainly fits together to provide a more detailed picture of the Iran-Saudi secret alliance to serve al-Qaeda, and Moore’s account runs through the nuclear agreement that was used to keep Iran quiet and paid off by the Obama administration and other participants fighting the keep the agreement in place. The media are described as generals of the deep state running planted stories to annihilate its opposition such as the recent spin on the nuclear deal. The writer confirms Jamal Khashoggi as an al-Qaeda operative whose cover was a Washington Post journalist.
The book also provides insiders’ accounts of the Benghazi betrayal directly naming the FBI Director at the time, Robert Mueller who is now investigated President Trump, FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, and Patrick Kennedy who worked under Hillary Clinton who were involved in grounding the rescue mission to save Ambassador Chris Stevens, Information Officer Sean Smith, and two CIA operatives, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods, both former Navy SEALs who died in 2012 that also led to the sabotage within just 2 months of the attack of CIA Director David Petraeus also a retired general who may have threatened to expose President Obama at the time.
For those keeping up with news on efforts to drain the DC swamp as well as events in Iran, Syria, Yemen, and Saudi Arabia, Mike Moore contributes valuable information to the effort of completing an accurate picture of recent history over the last several decades as a former FBI investigator himself with insider sources.
After some 500 rockets were sent into Israel by Hamas and other Palestinian factions, a cease-fire was reached with critics on both sides already gathering in protest. Protests this year have already claimed over 200 Palestinian protesters of the blockade on Gaza. 500 Hamas rockets and mortars tested weaknesses in Israel’s iron dome and called into action all IDF reserves after a Hamas leader was killed in a covert operation. Qatar and others have threatened to cut funding to Hamas over the conflict. Brazil is considering following the US pattern to shift embassies to Jerusalem. Egypt is criticizing both Israel and Brazil.
US State Department declared it stands with Israel but called for an immediate halt in aggression. IDF has confirmed that 20-plus Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad targets in Gaza, including terror compounds, observation posts and rocket-launching squads have been hit. The ceasefire will return matters to 2014 conditions, but others are predicting further belligerence from Hamas and its supporters and ongoing covert or clandestine missions between Israel and Palestine connected to other conflicts in the region. The conflict in 2014 lasted about 50 days with anywhere between 50-150 rockets fired daily.
Critics are pointing out that since the last cease-fire agreement, Hamas has been given the opportunity to stockpile some 20,000 rockets and mortar shells and developed advanced combat weapons including multi-copper drones and small unmanned aerial vehicles without a care as to civilian casualties.
Sanctions on Iran are working. Iran’s government is showing signs of beginning to bleed out by flooding the market with liquidity and providing loans to people on the verge of default, mainly the middle class. However, this does not appear to lessen the level of dissent in Iran towards the establishment’s elite who continue to invest outside the country. Sanctions have gone into effect and Iran has been excluded from the SWIFT system.
For the Iranian mainstream, hope remains in regime change according to latest news and social conversation from Iranians who watched the midterm elections. Regime change advocates are waiting to see any foreign policy changes with most Iranians pushing for stronger pressure on the Islamic Republic as part of their longer embattled relationship with the regime over issues of equality, human rights, and economic opportunity spanning decades with or without sanctions.
The Statistical Center of Iran in September showed 5.4% inflation while the Central Bank reported 6.1% that month. The Central Bank and the issue of frozen assets still loom at the supreme court level. If the Central Bank wins it will be a major financial windfall, Peterson wins, it will set a new canon for other terrorism litigation claims and payouts involving multiple governments that have sponsored acts of terrorism in some way. Meanwhile the Revolutionary Guards’ speedboats continue their attempts to control the Gulf, but they do not have the power to sustain Iranian control of the waterway for long against western naval forces.
Panic Strikes International Players
This can all change in an instant. If Iran had a reliable legal and financial system, it would be an excellent trading partner and ally on its way to becoming a major superpower. But as it stands now, today is the anniversary of the 2015 Paris terrorist attacks and for CIA experts on Iran who joined Thomas Kaplan’s Counter Extremism Project (CEP) and United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) are engaged in their first meeting with Jean-Charles Brisard who was also Co-counsel, Chief investigator and expert on terrorism and terrorism financing for 9/11 Families class-actions for MOTLEY RICE LLC representing over 10,000 family member victims of 9/11 between 2002-2009.
Recently published testaments by Mike “Thomas Paine” Moore detail the hiding the of Osama bin Laden in Iran after 9/11 and conspiracy to continue the cover up through the secret nuclear agreement involving France, Germany, US, UK, Russia, China, and Iran. Mike Moore implicates former CIA director, John Brennan who initiated the Iran Mission Centre (IMC) and former presidents Clinton, Bush, and Obama and presidential candidate Clinton. As panic continues within the conspiracy, Sessions has resigned and Robert Mueller also implicated by Moore has announced the coming of new indictments as Iran continues to threaten war in the Gulf if oil tankers are attacked. Russian Naval Forces prepare to hit Idlib in Syria after numerous violations to the ceasefire. The regional tension is rising once again. Hamas has opened fire on Israel with other Palestinian factions. Iran could become divided between conflicts in Israel and Syria from the Red Sea and Shipping in the Gulf.
US General Shot in Taliban Attack and 8 Taliban Members Sanctioned
U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Smiley died after being shot in a Taliban attack also killing 2 Afghan leaders in Kandahar province where the US mission trains and advises Afghan security forces and assists with counterterrorism operations. 8 Taliban members have been sanctioned including Pakistanis and Iranians with ties to IRGC-Quds Force. Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Kuwait met recently at the Terrorist Financing Targeting Center and agreed to increase pressure on those providing support for Iran.
Since the US pulled out of Afghanistan, Iran began recruiting US trained fighters from Afghanistan for the war in Syria. Now, “Iran’s provision of military training, financing, and weapons to the Taliban is yet another example of Tehran’s blatant regional meddling and support for terrorism,” stated Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. While Afghanistan’s mining industry also fell apart after the US pulled, the global heroin drug trade using Afghanistan’s extensive poppy farms has risen with the help of Iranian chem labs. Naim Barich among those who were sanctioned recently was designated in 2012 by by the United States under the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act).
Iranian national, Mohammad Ebrahim Owhadi, was designated for providing housing and training for Taliban members at IRGC-QF facilities in Iran. This training at bases like Nehbandan included Afghan youth between the ages of twelve and fifteen years old as far back as 2008 for suicide attacks. Esma’il Razavi was a senior IRGC-QF official in Birjand in 2008 supporting anti-coalition militants in Farah and Herat Provinces. Abdullah Samad Faroqui acquired weapons and military aid from Iran for the Taliban including thousands of kilograms of explosives from the IRGC. The Taliban have used these to target infrastructure building projects like an oil pipeline that has been under construction and a dam that was targeted in order to recruit workers for suicide bombing missions.
Afghanistan remains largely undeveloped, and the Taliban will continue to target building projects in order to keep the Afghan government weak and susceptible to Taliban and Iranian control of resources.
Turning Crisis into Opportunity for Millions of Migrants Currently in International Flux
The 4,000 migrant caravans from Honduras in transit to the Mexico-US border point to two distinct problems that deserve immediate attention. One is the issue of open or closed borders. The other is what to do about the instability causing mass migration.
Multiple mass migrations movements as a result of war, violent crime, and corruption currently threaten the stability of many continents including the Americas, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East as millions flee their homes in search for safety and employment opportunities risking everything for a chance to live a better life. Currently Central America including countries Honduras, Africa particularly the countries across the Sahel and the Horn of Africa, and Syria in the Middle East are the biggest refugee crises currently demanding coordinated solutions from multiple countries.
Coordination by not only the superpower destinations for millions of migrants but also the local governments within the regions of which migration is occurring is also needed across Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East because together they make up global trafficking routes which are growing in arms, narcotics, human slaves, and other commodities being traded between criminal organizations. These include both cartels and terrorist organizations active on these global trade routes perpetuating state-level corruption, violent crime, and black market industries.
Job Stimulus From Manufacturing and Development Could Promote Domestic and International Prosperity with Stability
This requires the US, Mexico, Canada, and Europe to create a 3 prong strategy- a migration policy to provide safety and economic opportunity for incoming migrants; a foreign policy of development that can be implemented in host countries; and last a global security strategy that serves to protect individuals inside these countries while combating ongoing threat.
Although the recent caravan of 4,000 migrants allegedly organized by for former Honduran legislator and member of the radical leftist Libre party for political gains in the US midterm elections, these individuals and millions more may present an opportunity both timely and unique. Manufacturing and infrastructure development can be a positive draw for millions of migrants to areas of safety and economic opportunity if the new trade agreement between the US, Mexico, and Canada the North American Trade Agreement and development agendas in allied countries could be coordinated with ongoing response to migration. The employment process could also be utilized for vetting as well as training and international placement. The same model can be applied in fact to Europe, Africa, and the Middle East as ongoing African conflicts and renewed fighting in Syria continue to displace innocent people as well as flush out combatants.
AID in the form of housing, food, medicine and other amenities could be shared with employer responsibilities applied towards job sites for construction and development as temporary relief while local communities are being built or to supplement urban growth around those enterprises. Ultimately the migration crises could be used to promote economic growth across superpowers and developing allied countries enabling the teaming up of employers, managers, and labor.
This is also timely with congressional reform about to take shape on AID programming in which development financing and AID may be rolled up and consolidated under fewer government agencies working internationally.
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