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Title:Terror in the Sahara: The Implications of U.S. Imperialism for North and West Africa
Author:Keenam, Jeremy
Periodical:Review of African Political Economy
Geographic terms:Sahara
United States
Subjects:covert operations
regional security
intelligence services
military intervention
strategic policy
Politics and Government
international relations
Military, Defense and Arms
Law, Human Rights and Violence
External links:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/0305624042000295558
Abstract:Whichever way one looks at it, the Sahara has now become an extremely dangerous place. If one believes all that has been said and written on events in the Sahara by US and other (notably Algerian) military intelligence and associated government agencies and the media since 2003, then the Sahara-Sahel region has become a front line in the 'War on terror'. If, on the other hand, and as now seems increasingly likely, the Sahara has been made the arena of an elaborate intelligence deception, then the danger to the local populations and the security threat presented by the seemingly inevitable 'blowback' from this operation to other regions, notably West Africa, North Africa and Europe itself, is probably even greater. This paper explains what lies behind this deception and what it is designed to achieve. Only then is it possible to 'make sense' of what has been happening in North and West Africa - and in the Sahelian Sahara especially - during the course of the last couple of years. More importantly, the paper explores the implications of such a dangerous strategy for both local peoples as well as Europe and Western interests elsewhere. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract] (This paper is updated in: Review of African Political Economy, vol. 31, no. 102, 2004, p. 691-698)