It was a military rescue attempt fit for a Hollywood action adventure movie.
In the dead of night a team of 40 U.S. Navy SEALs landed in Yemen’s Shabwah province where an al-Qaeda affiliate was reportedly holding American journalist Luke Somers.
After a firefight with al-Qaeda of the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) fighters, the SEALs, according to the government narrative, secured a compound and found Somers and a second captive, South African Pierre Korkie, shot dead.
“The United States strongly condemns the barbaric murder of Luke Somers at the hands of al-Qaeda terrorists during a rescue operation conducted by U.S. forces in Yemen,” Obama said after the failed mission.
“Earlier this week, a video released by his terrorist captors announced that Luke would be killed within 72 hours. Other information also indicated Luke’s life was in imminent danger. Based on this assessment, and as soon as there was reliable intelligence and an operational plan, I authorized a rescue attempt yesterday.”
Oddly, the AQAP video made no specific demands, and pointlessly warned Somers would be executed.
“Up to this point, we have no explanation as to why Luke was targeted as a victim, and we currently don’t know why he’s being held,” Jordan Somers, Luke’s brother, said in a Youtube video pleading for mercy prior to the mission.
Yemen, the Horn of Africa and AFRICOM
The hollywoodesque raid, following a number of kidnappings and executions by ISIS and al-Qaeda, nudges the plot to the next chapter forward — more robust military involvement in a geostrategically important region of the world.
The failed state of Yemen, strategically located on the southern end of the Arabian Peninsula across the Gulf of Aden from Africa, is an ideal focus point for the U.S. war on manufactured terror.
“The curious emergence of a tiny but well-publicized al Qaeda in southern Yemen amid what observers call a broad-based popular-based Southern Movement front that eschews the radical global agenda of al Qaeda, serves to give the Pentagon a kind of casus belli to escalate US military operations in the strategic region,” F. William Engdahl wrote in 2010.
“In addition to its geopolitical position as a major global oil transit chokepoint, Yemen is reported to hold some of the world’s greatest untapped oil reserves,” Engdahl notes.
“Perhaps there is more to Washington’s recent Yemen concern than a rag-tag al Qaeda whose very existence as a global terror organization has been doubted by seasoned Islamic experts.”
In 2005, the globalist outfit the Council on Foreign Relations released a report underscoring the strategic significance of Africa.
“The United States is facing intense competition for energy and other natural resources in Africa,” and it singled out India and especially China as its primary competitors “in the search for these resources and for both economic and political influence on the continent.”
It called for an effort to “compete more effectively with China” and “provide more encouragement and support to well-performing African states.”
The following year then Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld formed a planning team for a new Unified Command for the African continent. In 2007, Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced to the Senate Armed Services Committee that President Bush had given authority to create the new African Command, known simply as AFRICOM.
Many African nations, however, oppose the establishment of U.S. military operations on the continent.
The Horn of Africa Human Rights Watch Committee notes:
Like the European Command from which it evolved in 2008, AFRICOM is headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany, and has attaché offices in 38 African nations as well as numerous subordinate commands located in Germany, Italy and the Horn of Africa. When asked why his unit is headquartered in Stuttgart instead of in Africa, General Ham responded, “There was some resistance in some countries in Africa to the existence of Africa Command and certainly resistance to the presence of the headquarters in Africa.” He deftly avoided disclosing the embarrassing fact that AFRICOM has been unable to secure a suitable location for its headquarters from one of its 43 African “partners.”
Resistance necessitates problem-reaction-solution, thus the emergence of numerous “terror” threats in Africa. Over the last few years al-Qaeda and jihadist fighters have found their way into Kenya, Somalia, Algeria, Mali, Nigeria and Tunisia.
The U.S. and Saudi manufactured war in Syria has provided warriors for jihadist and al-Qaeda groups in Africa. Additionally, the “humanitarian intervention” by the U.S. and NATO in Libya added an influx of Jihadi fighters and the French intervention in Mali managed disperse Islamist militants across the region.
The reported execution of Luke Somers is a media sideshow servicing the expansion of the geostrategic war by the United States against largely manufactured terror. It was staged to raise the level of hysteria and desensitize the American public to military intervention not only in Africa, but in the Middle East and points beyond.