Skip to comments.U.S. military flights to Central African Republic set to start Thursday
Posted on 12/12/2013 4:32:05 AM PST by Pan_Yan
(CNN) -- The U.S. military expects on Thursday to begin flying Burundi forces into the Central African Republic to help stop the violence in that war-torn country, according to a U.S. military official.
The United States has two C-17 aircraft in Uganda that will pick up the forces in Burundi and unload them in Bangui, the capital. The official emphasized the U.S. planes will remain on the ground in Bangui for a very short period due to the violence there.
The official also said the United States believes its planes and crews will be safe, because French forces control the airport there. The airlift of Burundi forces is expected to last about a week. Discussions about what additional assistance the United State may provide continue.
That announcement was followed by a statement from President Barack Obama, who called on the country's citizens to reject violence and urged the transitional government to join "respected leaders" in Muslim and Christian communities in calling for "calm and peace."
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Central African Republic is now a failed state. The Muslim rebels (Muslims make up 15% of the population) toppled the corrupt government with help from a lot of foreign fighters from Chad and Sudan. The new "president" disbanded the rebels so they headed out into the countryside and began mass murdering Christian villages. The locals and former government supporters have formed militias to protect themselves and retaliate.
We have/had 100 special forces operators in CAR hunting the Lord's Resistance Army. The Pentagon has been very mum about them since the government fell back in March. France has a lot of interest in the mineral wealth of this country, thus their heavy troop presence. It wouldn't hurt to keep an eye on this one in case we get dragged into it somehow.
There goes Ryan’s 500 million for 2015.
It’s like the cold war without the Soviets or communism. Who’s filled in for the Soviets and what’s filled in for communism?
“President Barack Obama, who called on the country’s citizens to reject violence.”
Now that the 85% Christian population has begun to fight back against the 15% muslim brutal “militias” threatening to massacre villagers who fled to Catholic missions for safety
I am getting a sinking feeling, and “Black Hawk Down” comes to mind. This America-hating administration so enjoys spilling the blood of our fine young warriors.
The Lord’s Resistance Army is a Christian army led by Kony that is ousting the Muslims in the region. Guess who our dear leader is training Special Forces to go in and hunt? HINT: it’s not the muslims.
Neither side is “good”. We should mind our own business.
The LRA are an evil twisted death cult who murder, torture and enslave in the name of their leader. Their biggest supporter is Bashir the Butcher of Sudan, a Muslim. They have no resembelence or claim to the title Christian.
Liberal hypocrite colonialism with a facade of freeing from the bad white man, a distorted copy of Lincoln, for one, with UN agendas. The opposition is tribulative reality of organizing warlords who do not put up with the fantasy of superioristic progressist communists, because there is no affirmative action in the crime business. These ideas of a pure race or future evolved race or liberal diversitycratic picking stuff like a whore at a Chinese restaurant are lead by completely ludicrous people.
So will Obama ‘stand with the Muslims’?
The supposedly "Christian" previous president was as corrupt as they come. South Africa's ruling ANC party was so deep in the corruption in CAR that South African troops fought a major gunbattle when the capitol fell. Until then the public in South Africa didn't even know they had troops there.
It has gone from bad to worse but I don't expect the current president to last long. He disbanded the rebels who put him in power and I'll be suprised if he gets much support from the French and UN. Then again it's the French and UN. I'm betting Obama promises them millions in aid within the next few weeks.
anybody in CAR got stinger missiles?
The reason we are doing this is because Christians fought back against genocidal Muslims. That is all.
Is that like "a virgin in a whorehouse calling stridently for lemonade"? Which was someone's description of Woodrow Wilson at the Versailles Conference.
Kinda starts to sound like it, doesn't it?
The thought will have occurred to at least a couple of Snake Doctor E-8's and maybe a field-grade officer or two among our expedition, who will not have overlooked the irony, even as we continue to fight the raggies in The Suck.
More American lives to be thrown down a hellhole for no reason but to solidify Obama’s “legacy” as the saviour of Africa.
Pretty much a gangster wanna be indeed. The French seem to call the shots in this, pride of their little imperialism telling gelded demoralized Americans the ropes like a bunch of rookies.