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Dark Sahara America's War on Terror in Africa

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ISBN-10: 0745324525

ISBN-13: 9780745324524

Edition: 2009

Authors: Jeremy Keenan

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The U.S. is keen to build a substantial military presence in Africa, citing the need to combat the growth of Al-Qaeda in Somalia, Algeria and other countries on the continent. This book reveals the secret U.S. agenda behind the 'war on terror' in Africa and the shocking methods used to perpetuate the myth that the region is a hot-bed of Islamic terrorism. Africa expert Jeremy Keenan points to overwhelming evidence suggesting that, from 2003, the Bush administration and Algerian government were responsible for hostage takings blamed on Islamic militants. This created a permissive public attitude, allowing the U.S. to establish military bases in the region and pursue multiple imperial objectives in the name of security. The shocking revelations in this book, seriously undermine the mainstream view of Africa as a legitimate 'second front' in the 'war on terror.'
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Book details

List price: $36.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Pluto Press
Publication date: 5/20/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 296
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.814
Language: English

Jeremy Keenan is a Professorial Research Associate at the School of Oriental and African Studies. He has written many books including The Dark Sahara (Pluto, 2009). He acts as a consultant to numerous international organisations on the Sahara and the Sahel, including the United Nations, the European Commission and many others.

Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
Glossary
Maps
Introduction
The Dossier
Missing
The Sahara's Bermuda Triangle
Kidnapped: by Smugglers or Islamists?
Mokhtar ben Mokhtar, Hassan Hattab and the GSPC
The First Release of Hostages
Transferring the Hostages to Mali
The Final Hostage Release
Reconstructing Tora Bora
A New Front in the Global War on Terror
Expanding the GWOT Across the Sahel
'Whodunit'
The Suspicions of the Tuareg
Local Knowledge and Research Methodology
A Diabolical Intelligence Deception
Grounds for Suspicion in the Algerian Sahara
Kidnapped on the 'Graveyard Piste'
The Hostage Liberation
'No Assault, No Islamists, No Victims, No Ransom!'
Who Ordered the Kidnapping?
The Journey from Tamelrik to Mali
The Hostage Release in Mali
Grounds for Suspicion in the Sahel
Alleged 'Terrorism' in Southern Algeria: August 2003 to Early 2004
Military Engagements Flush the GSPC Out of Mali
The 'Hold-up' of Tourists in A�r
El Para's Journey to Chad
Who was El Para?
The 'Truths' of El Para
El Para's Biographies
El Para as a DRS Agent
El Para as a US 'Green Beret'?
Phantasmal Terrorists
El Para's Communications
El Para's Extradition to Algeria and Trial
The Last Word on El Para?
Oil and Empire
America's Energy Crisis
The Cheney Report
The Importance of African Oil to the US
Algeria's 'Black Decade'
The Economic Crisis of the Mid 1980s
From Economic to Political Crisis: 1988-1992
A Military Coup by Any Other Name
Islamists and Eradicators: Algeria's 'Dirty War'
Who is Killing Who?
The Beginning of Armed Conflict
International Support for the Algerian Regime
The Non-ideological, 'Financial' Dimension of 'Total War'
State Terrorism and 'Dirty Tricks'
The 'Banana Theory' of Terrorism
The Reagan Administration's 'War on International Terrorism'
New, Post-2000, US-Algerian Relations
The Opportunity of 9/11
US Tardy on Algerian Arms Sales
Origins of the 'Banana Theory'
A New Era in US-Algerian Intelligence Relations
Arak, October 2002: the First Attempt at Hostage Taking
Planning for the Pan-Sahel Initiative (PSI)
Preparing the Disinformation
Contextual Analysis of Algeria's 'Disinformation'
What Did the Americans Know?
The Alliance Base: Paris
Justification for the GWOT and the Link With Iraq
The Nature of US Intelligence
An Absence of Terrorism in the Sahel
'Back-of-the-envelope' Intelligence
Confusing Pakistanis: the Tablighi Jamaat Movement
Inadequate HUMINT
Parallels with Iraq
Complicit in Conspiracy
'Blowback' and Resistance
The Tuareg Take Up Arms
The Dying Sahara
Proof by Reiteration
Notes
List of Jeremy Keenan's Works
Index