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Good morning. Please find attached news clips related to U.S. Africa Command and Africa, along with upcoming events of interest for October 11, 2011. Of interest in today’s clips: Libya’s forces say they have cornered Qadhafi loyalists in Sirte, while other reports focus on the search for missing weapons in Libya. The NATO Secretary General declared Operation Unified Protector a success against the backdrop of the financial crisis, stating, “We could not have carried out this operation without the unique and essential assets from the U.S.” Two articles analyze the United States’ ongoing “drone wars,” with one focused on Somalia as the “latest front.” In the Horn of Africa, Kenya has established six patrol bases near the border with Somalia following the recent kidnapping of two tourists in Lamu, while the African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM) says it has driven Al-Shabaab out of its last stronghold in Mogadishu. In Central Africa, the American government is building up military and diplomatic pressure on the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) and pin-pointed Central African Republic as the likely present location of Joseph Kony, citing senior Washington and AFRICOM officials as well as top UPDF generals attending counter-LRA discussions at the U.S. Mission in Kampala. U.S. Africa Command Public Affairs
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    United States Africa CommandPublic Affairs Office11 October 2011 USAFRICOM - related news stories Good morning. Please find attached news clips related to U.S. Africa Command andAfrica, along with upcoming events of interest for October 11, 2011. Of interest in today‘s clips : Libya‘s forces say they have cornered Q adhafi loyalists inSirte, while other reports focus on the search for missing weapons in Libya. The NATOSecretary General declared Operation Unified Protector a success against the backdrop of the financial crisis, stating, ―We could not have carried out this operation without the unique and essential assets from the U.S. ‖   Two articles analyze the United States‘ ongoing ―drone wars,‖ with one focused on Somalia as the ―lates t front. ‖  In the Horn of Africa, Kenya has established six patrol bases near the border withSomalia following the recent kidnapping of two tourists in Lamu, while the AfricanUnion Mission to Somalia (AMISOM) says it has driven Al-Shabaab out of its laststronghold in Mogadishu.In Central Africa, the American government is building up military and diplomaticpressure on the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) and pin-pointed Central African Republicas the likely present location of Joseph Kony, citing senior Washington and AFRICOMofficials as well as top UPDF generals attending counter-LRA discussions at the U.S.Mission in Kampala.U.S. Africa Command Public AffairsPlease send questions or comments to:africom-pao@africom.mil 421-2687 (+49-711-729-2687)-------------------------------------------- Top News related to U.S. Africa Command and AfricaLibya forces corner Gaddafi loyalists in Sirte (Reuters) http://uk.reuters.com/article/2011/10/11/uk-libya-idUKTRE7962FQ20111011\  11 October 2011By Rania El Gamal and Tim Gaynor    SIRTE, Libya -- Libyan transitional government forces said they had cornered MuammarGaddafi loyalists in the centre of the deposed leader's hometown on Monday, wheredesperate civilians were still trying to flee the fierce street fighting. The Promise of a Pro-American Libya (Wall Street Journal) http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203388804576613293623346516.html?mod=googlenews_wsj 6 October 2011By John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Mark Kirk, and Marco RubioLast Thursday we arrived in Tripoli to the promise of a free Libya. We saw a city that issurprisingly secure and orderly. We visited al-Jdeida prison and spoke freely withdetainees  —  a testament to the commitment of the Transitional National Council (TNC) todemocracy, transparency and the rule of law. At the end of the day, we walked throughMartyrs' Square, where Libyans cheered and thanked America and our NATO allies. U.S. Expands Search for Weapons in Libya (ABC News) http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/us-expands-search-weapons-libya/story?id=14704869 10 October 2011By Brian Ross, Matthew Cole and Lee FerranThe U.S. government has expanded its search for thousands of dangerous, unaccountedfor weapons in Libya to the tune of several million dollars and new search teams, a StateDepartment spokesperson said. U.S. officials: Libya may have lost anti-aircraft missiles (USA Today) http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/story/2011-10-09/libyan-portable-missiles-missing/50713752/1 10 October 2011By Jim MichaelsPortable anti-aircraft missiles may have already been smuggled outside Libya's borderseven as the United States races to help account for thousands of the weapons stockpiledby the regime of Moammar Gadhafi, U.S. officials say. Libya operation success despite economic crisis: NATO chief (AFP) http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2011/10/10/171093.html By AFPBUCHAREST -- NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen on Monday said that the Alliance‘s operation in Libya was a success despite the financial crisis forcing governments to reduce defense spending. Panetta Visits Military Bases in Italy (defense.gov) http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=65591 7 October 2011By Cheryl PellerinAmerican Forces Press ServiceNAVAL AIR STATION SIGONELLA, Italy  –  On his way home from a week-long tripto countries in the Middle East and NATO headquarters in Belgium, Defense Secretary    Leon E. Panetta made stops today at two military bases in Italy to thank U.S. and NATOtroops for their service. Panetta spills a little on secret CIA drones (AP) http://www.ajc.com/news/nation-world/panetta-spills-_-a-1196326.html 7 October 2011By Lolita BaldorThe Associated PressNAVAL AIR STATION SIGONELLA, Italy  —  There was a time when U.S. officialswouldn't breathe a word about the CIA's clandestine use of Predator drones. Drone Wars: Somalia becomes the latest front (GlobalPost) With rise of Al Qaeda-linked Al Shabaab, Somalia becomes sixth and newest theater inUS drone war. http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/111007/drone-wars-somalia-al-shabaab-cia 10 October 2011By Tristan McConnellMOGADISHU  —  A popular pastime among journalists visiting Mogadishu is to stare upinto the inky, star-pricked sky at night to try to spot the surveillance drones that buzzoverhead. Usually, they are pretty hard to see. A hint of deterrence in U.S. drone-war strategy (Washington Post) http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/a-hint-of-deterrence-in-us-drone-war-strategy/2011/10/04/gIQAeg71LL_story.html By David Ignatius Here‘s the trickiest counterterrorism puzzle for U.S. policymakers: How do you stop al -Qaeda from attacking the American homeland without getting bogged down in protractedwars against insurgents? Kenya sets up bases to fight Somali raiders (Daily Nation) http://www.nation.co.ke/News/Kenya+sets+up+bases+to+fight+Somali+raiders+/- /1056/1252650/-/qms956/-/  9 October 2011By Galgalo BochaKenya has established six patrol bases near border with Somalia following the recentkidnapping of two tourists in Lamu. The bases at Manda, Shella, Kiwayu and Kipuniwill comprise personnel from different security agencies in what analysts see as an attempt to assure of the government‘s ability to contain Somali raids at the Coast.   Somalia: We have no better brother than Turkey (Suna Times) http://www.sunatimes.com/view.php?id=1415 10 October 2011By Farah AliMOGADISHU -- Over 300 Somali university and high school students accompanied bythe minister of higher education of the Transitional Government of Somalia landed at    İstanbul Atatürk Airport on Wednesday morning, flying on a Turkish air  line, Atlasjet,after being awarded a scholarship to study in Turkey. Thank you Kimse Yok Mu (IsAnybody There) for your scholarships awarded to Somali students and for welcomingthem to Turkey. Somalia Islamists al-Shabab 'driven out of Mogadishu' (BBC) http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-15246093 By the BBCAfrican Union (AU) troops say they have driven Islamist al-Shabab militants out of theirlast stronghold in the north of Somalia's capital, Mogadishu. Al-Shabab and Somalia's 'far enemy' (Al-Jazeera)  Al-Shabab has withdrawn from Mogadishu, but the country is shattered from years of civil war and US military actions. http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2011/10/201110295152925137.html 9 October 2011By Glen JohnsonAbdullahi walks slowly past makeshift stalls in a crowded Mogadishu market, dragginghis right leg as he does so. He is in his 50s and unemployed, reliant on overseasremittances sent by his daughter to survive. In 2007, he was shot by al-Shabab (Youthmovement). The bullet blew a hole through his right leg, just below his groin. Uganda: U.S. Intensifies Search for Kony (All Africa) http://allafrica.com/stories/201110070105.html 7 October 2011By Tabu Butagira, The Monitor (Uganda)KAMPALA  —  The American government is building up military and diplomaticpressure on the LRA and pin-pointed Central African Republic as the likely presentlocation of Joseph Kony, the rebels' elusive leader. Prize or Not, Liberian Faces Tough Race to Keep Office (NY Times) http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/08/world/africa/prize-or-not-liberian-faces-tough-race-to-keep-office.html?_r=1&ref=africa 8 October 2011By Adam NossiterMONROVIA, Liberia  —  The day began in this battered seaside capital with shouts anddrumming for a leading Liberian politician  —  but not the one honored with a NobelPeace Prize on Friday. Flying in Africa still pricey despite busier skies (AFP) http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5iVSbgMB5dyM0xQ72qcZXlBOSb6ww?docId=CNG.c38debb933cc768bc9730a901d9e5e4a.d1 By Justine GerardyCAPE TOWN  —  It has never been easier to fly to Ouagadougou, Juba or Maputo butAfrica's increasingly busy skies are still among the most expensive in the world.
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