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U.S. conducting covert operations in Somalia - Report

 

A leading British newspaper wrote Sunday that the U.S. was conducting illegal mercenary operations in Somalia supporting the UN-backed interim government led by President Abdullahi Yusuf and founded in 2004 - against the Supreme Islamic Courts Council which took control of Mogadishu, the country's capital, also in June promising national unity under Sharia law.

UK’s the Observer said it has obtained some confidential emails, dated June this year, that stand as a dramatic evidence that U.S. is involved in illegal mercenary operations in east Africa.

According to the leaked communications between U.S. private military companies, the CIA knew of the plans to conduct covert military operations against United Nations rulings in Somalia.

The mails hint at involvement of British firms.

The Observer added that the new revelations about foreign involvement in the conflict would lead to an imminent destabilization of the entire region.

In one of the leaked emails, sent by Michele Ballarin, chief executive of Select Armor - a U.S. military firm based in Virginia, to a number of recipients, including Chris Farina of the Florida-based military company ATS Worldwide, Ballarin said:

“Boys: Successful meeting with President Abdullay Yussef [sic] and his chief staff personnel in Nairobi, Kenya on Tuesday ... where he invited us to his private hotel suite flacked by security detail ... He has appointed is chief of presidential protocol as our go to during this phase.”

Ballarin also stated that the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency knew about the plans.

“My contact whom we discussed from the agency side requested an in-person meeting with me. I arrived in New York at 2340 last night and was driven to Virginia - arriving at 0200 today,” she said.

The emails also showed that the Ugandan government was ready to provide needed arms supplies for any operation.

In another mail sent to Ballarin, Farina said:

“A forced entry operation [into Mogadishu] at this point without the addition of follow-on forces who can capitalize on the momentum/initiative of the initial op will result in a replay of Dien Bien Phu.”

“We may have to re-focus our efforts in the U.S. among the DOS [State Department] and DOD [Defence Department] to bring any forward movement to this effort,” Farina said in another reply to Ballarin.


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