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United States Africa Command Public Affairs Office 1 February 2010 AFRICOM - Related News From the Beltway SEMINAR TACKLES DRUG-TRAFFICKING ISSUES (DOD) GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN – Countering narcotics trafficking took center stage during an eight-day seminar at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies here, as military and civilian security executives met to discuss the challenge. The seminar attracted 91 participants from 61 countries and focused on the complex security challe
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  United States Africa CommandPublic Affairs Office1 February 2010 AFRICOM - Related News From the Beltway SEMINAR TACKLES DRUG-TRAFFICKING ISSUES (DOD) GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN – Countering narcotics trafficking took centerstage during an eight-day seminar at the George C. Marshall European Centerfor Security Studies here, as military and civilian security executives met todiscuss the challenge. The seminar attracted 91 participants from 61 countriesand focused on the complex security challenges posed by contemporaryinternational narcotics trafficking, and its links with terrorist networks andorganized-crime elements. SOMALIA:ANARCHY AND DEATH RULE IN MOGADISHU, A CITY ONTHE FRONT LINE OF TERROR  Mogadishu - On Monday afternoon a seven-year-old boy called Mohamed washit when an 82mm mortar shell exploded outside a health clinic in Mogadishuwhere his mother works as a cleaner. Afterwards he lay on a hospital floor,shivering and terrified. His bandaged left arm, hand and leg were peppered withangular chunks of shrapnel. Crouched beside him his mother, Fatima, wipedtears from her eyes. MARYLAND: MORGAN GRADUATE TO RECEIVE NATIONAL AWARD  (Baltimore Sun)BALTIMORE - Gen. William Kip Ward, a 1971 Morgan State graduate and thenation's only current African-American four-star Army general, will be honoredin Atlanta with the Trumpet Award. NEW YORK: EMERGING WEST AFRICAN TERROR-DRUG NEXUS POSESMAJOR SECURITY THREAT  (World Defense Review)NEW YORK CITY - The would-be underwear bomber Abdulmutallabunderscored the dangers of ignoring threats from Africa to the security of theUnited States, though the administration has largely ignored the alliancebetween terrorists and drug traffickers from West Africa.  LIBERIA:  HILLARY CLINTON ENDORSES SIRLEAF’S 2 ND TERM BID  (TheAnalyst)MONROVIA - Secretary of State Hilary Rodham Clinton expressed delight overPresident Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf's decision to seek reelection in 2011 during atown hall meeting with the U.S. State Department to commemorate Clinton‘s  first year in office. MASSACHUSETTS:  WILL THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TRULYSUPPORT AN INDEPENDENT SOUTH SUDAN?  (Sudan Tribune)NORTHAMPTON - The Obama administration has missed key opportunities toincrease pressure on Khartoum to honor the 2005 peace agreement with the Sudan People‘s Liberation Movement (SPLM), ma king renewed military conflictin Sudan more likely. NIGERIA:  PIRATES THREATEN WEST AFRICA’S OIL BOOM  (UPI)LAGOS - West Africa's oil boom has brought pirates that have not yet achievedthe global notoriety of the Somali pirates, but they have been causing a growingproblem for the region's burgeoning oil industry.  WASHINGTON, DC:  “STUCK IN THE MUD” – THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION’S CIVIL WAR OVER SUDAN   (Foreign Policy)WASHINGTON, DC - A meeting of top U.S. officials on Sudan last week seemsto have left the Obama administration's Sudan policy in limbo, leading to angstamong both Sudan insiders and observers. NEW YORK: SUDAN REJECTS US CHARGE ON ARMS TRANSFERS TOSOUTH  (Reuters)NEW YORK CITY - Sudan's U.N. ambassador on Friday dismissed as irresponsible U.S. allegations that weapons from northern Sudan were going toarmed groups in the semi-autonomous south ahead of a nationwide Aprilelection. ETHIOPIA:  MALAWI’S MUTHARIKA NAMED NEXT AFRICAN UNION CHAIRMAN  (Bloomberg)ADDIS ABABA - Malawi President Bingu wa Mutharika, who has pledged tochampion greater investment in agriculture to end chronic hunger in Africa, wasnamed chairman of the African Union today. UN News Service Africa Briefs  Full Articles on UN Website 31 January 2010 Ban commits UN to harnessing support for African development needs     N chief launches campaign in Africa to eradicate male violence against womenSenior UN official urges broad-based approach to fight piracy off Somalicoast Sudanese peace pact has accelerated pace of mine removal, says UN officialSecurity Council extends mandate of UN   force in Côte d’Ivoire through end of May --------------------------------------------------------------------------------  Morgan graduate to receive national award  Baltimore Sun - By John-John Williams IV30 January 2010Gen. William Kip Ward, a 1971 Morgan State graduate and the nation's onlycurrent African-American four-star Army general, will be honored today inAtlanta with the Trumpet Award.Ward, 60, who will be one of 10 recipients of the award this year, said he ishumbled by the recognition. He said the award also honors Americans serving inthe military today. As one who wears our nation's cloth, I can represent so many women and menwho also wear the nation's cloth, Ward said. Our service is being recognized.Someone is taking note of it. The award is given primarily to African-Americans who have achievedprofessional success and have inspired others. The award was srcinallypresented by Turner Broadcasting in 1993 and is now presented by the TrumpetAwards Foundation Inc.Past honorees include Coretta Scott King, Thurgood Marshall, Maya Angelou,Nelson Mandela, Halle Berry, Toni Braxton, Beyonce and Dr. Benjamin Carson. It's hard to believe, Ward said of the honor. I clearly did not see myself in thatcategory. Those people are icons. It is something that is a bit awesome. Ward, who grew up just north of Baltimore on Falls Road and graduated fromTowson High School in 1967, joined the Army after a two-year ROTC program incollege. He said he was attracted to the military because it offered opportunitiesfor leadership, discipline, responsibility and character-building. I enjoyed the challenges, he said. I gravitated toward it.   Ward became the first commander of the U.S. Africa Command on Oct. 1, 2007,and is based in Stuttgart, Germany. He is the fifth African-American four-stargeneral.Ward and his wife of almost 39 years, Joyce Lewis Ward, have two adultchildren. Ward's mother and other extended family members still live inMaryland. My wife, our children, my mom are just very, very proud and happy, Wardsaid. It is all just numbing. It is a bit surreal being a part of this group. This year's other honorees include comedian Steve Harvey; John Rogers Jr.,founder of Ariel Investments; and Clarence Otis Jr., chief executive officer ofDarden Restaurants.-----------------------  Emerging West African Terror-Drug Nexus Poses Major Security Threat  World Defense Review - By J. Peter Pham, Ph.D.28 January 2010Over the course of the last month, the foiled attempt by would-be underwearbomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab to blow up a Detroit-bound passengerflight on Christmas Day has underscored the dangers of ignoring threats fromAfrica to the security of the United States, even as the Obama administration'shandling of the case has raised questions of its own preparedness to grapple withthe reality of the war against Islamist terrorism — so much so that this pastweekend a Washington Post editorial excoriated the decision to read theNigerian his rights as myopic, irresponsible and potentially dangerous, characterizing it as resulting not from a deliberative process but as a knee-jerkdefault to a crime-and-punishment model. Largely ignored in the debate,however, has been the nearly simultaneous emergence of clear evidence of apotentially even more dangerous threat emanating from the same West Africanregion: the alliance between terrorists and drug traffickers.Exactly one week before the attack on Northwest Airlines Flight 253, the U.S.Attorney for the South District of New York charged three men from the WestAfrican country of Mali — Oumar Issa, Harouna Touré, and Idriss Abelrahman — with conspiracy to commit acts of narco-terrorism and conspiracy to providematerial support to a foreign terrorist organization. According to the complaint,unsealed on December 18, 2009, the trio agreed to transport cocaine throughWest and North Africa with the intent of supporting no fewer than three groupsformally designated by the U.S. State Department as Foreign TerroristOrganizations (FTOs): al-Qaeda, al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), andthe Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). The case marks the first
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