by Wayne Madsen, The Wayne Madsen Report
U.S. Special Forces deployed by the Obama administration to the Central African Republic have been assisting Takfiri guerrilla allies of the Nigeria-based Takfiri caliphate led by Boko Haram. The recent surrender to U.S forces in the Central African Republic of Ugandan Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) senior commander Dominic Ongwen, known as the “White Ant,” was part of a joint U.S.-United Nations integrated stabilization force (MINUSCA) mission targeting both exiled Ugandan LRA and CAR “anti-balaka” guerrillas who have jointly been fighting against Takfiri extremist Seleka guerrillas. Seleka previously, with Saudi support, attempted to establish an Islamic state in the CAR.
Takfiri Seleka forces, operating in the same manner as Boko Haram terrorists in northern Nigeria and Cameroon, which lie to the west of the CAR, terrorized CAR’s Christians by attacking their villages with guns and machetes.
The Christians organized the anti-balaka movement (balaka means machete) to defend against Takfiri attacks. The Seleka alliance was supported by the president they installed in the capital of Bangui, Michel Djotodia. After Djotodia was forced from power by the African Union, the UN MINUSCA forces, drawn from Ugandan and Cameroonian, among other forces, began to target the Christian anti-balaka forces. U.S. Special Forces have backed MINUSCA in its efforts. This collaboration not only led to the capture and surrender of LRA commander Ongwen but also anti-balaka General Rodrigue Ngaibona, also known by his nom de guerre, “General Andilo.” Both Ogwen and Andilo have been transferred to the International Criminal Court in The Hague.
Although U.S. forces have targeted the leadership of the manly Christian LRA and anti-balaka, they has refrained from attempting to capture leaders of Boko Haram, which have taken advantage of Cameroonian military intervention in the CAR, to launch attacks against Cameroonian villages and military bases on the Nigerian border. Boko Haram is believed to have allies in Chad, from which the CAR Seleka guerrillas also receive support. Boko Haram has announced that it intends to expand its caliphate into Cameroon, Niger, Chad, and the CAR. Meanwhile, U.S. troops are pursuing anti-balaka and LRA forces which could serve as a bulwark aganst encroaching Boko Haram forces.
While MINUSCA and their U.S. Special Forces overseers have concentrated on attacking the Christian anti-balaka, who are armed only with old hunting rifles, magical amulets said to protect them, and poison arrows, Boko Haram, which has proclaimed an alliance with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) caliphate and another caliphate established in eastern Libya, has massacred at least 2000 in recent atatcks in northern Nigeria and taken several Christian girls captive as slaves. Abubakr Shekau has emerged as the leader of Boko Haram, but unlike the Christian LRA and anti-balaka leadership, Shekau is not being chased by U.S. Special Forces. Although the film “American Sniper” has engendered all sorts of anti-Muslim feelings among American theater goers, in central Africa, U.S. Special Operations forces fight to protect the most radical of Takfiri guerrillas, something that may come as a surprise to the Fox News types who have lauded “American Sniper” its the main character sharpshooter, Chris Kyle.