Special to the NNPA from the Global Information Network –
In what appears to be the opening of a new U.S. war on an African front, a secret walled compound with an underground prison has become the center of interrogation of suspected terrorists in Somalia. The U.S.-run operation is on the coast of the Indian Ocean, according to a detailed expose in the current Nation magazine.
According to investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill, the site has its own airport and is guarded by Somali soldiers, but the Americans control access.
Staffed by Central Intelligence Agency operatives, this latest initiative targets the al-Shabab insurgency, an Islamist group linked to Al Qaeda and aims to build "an indigenous strike force capable of snatch operations and targeted 'combat' operations" against the Shabab, Scahill says.
Reports of CIA operatives interrogating terrorism suspects in Somalia was recently confirmed by a senior U.S. official on CNN.
Currently, Somali government forces, fortified by U.S. funds and weapons, control about 30 square miles of territory in Mogadishu while much of the rest of the city is under the control of the Shabab or warlords.
At least three U.S. citizens of Somali descent were among the suicide bombers the Shabab has deployed; at least seven other Americans have died fighting alongside the Shabab.
In a related development, Somali citizen Ahmed Abdulkadir Warsame was transferred this month for trial after being held incommunicado on a U.S. Navy vessel for more than two months. Warsame’s case has ignited a legal debate over the Obama administration’s policies on capturing and detaining terror suspects.
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