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Operation Objective Voice
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March 24,2009
Recently General Ward the Head of AFRICOM gave testimony in Front of the US Congress.
One topic that was discussed was Operation Objective Voice.
Several African Specialists were caught flatfooted due to the fact that this topic came up.
So what is this project and how is AFRICOM Using it?

So how did this Operation Come into being? Operation African Voice Emerged from a Program that was initiated by EUCOM (European Command). It was revealed to Congress during Testimony by General Charles Wald then the Deputy Commander in 2006.
One of the Initiatives that was mentioned during the Testimony was the use of Internet to distribute Information to counter that being released by Extremist Groups in the Mahgreb region (Algeria, Morrocco, and Tunisia).  The Said named site Magharebia Posts information six days a week in English, French and Arabic.
Another Goal of this site is to promote accurate, balanced and forward looking coverage of events occuring in the region. It uses information from International Media Outlets and from paid correspondents and analysists in the region as well.
But One can ask is this going far enough?


AFRICOM has a New Program to Counter Extremism in Africa. Will It work?

There are two other regions where such an effort probably should be attempted as well. (This is using the Logic within the Pentagon).
The First is in the Sahel Region. This area comprises Mali, Mauritania and Niger. Extremists have been also active in this region as well. There have been Kidnappings in Niger and Extremism played a role in the Military Coup that took place in Mauritania in 2008.
The Second is in the Horn of Africa. We have heard in the Past about how the Islamists in Somalia have been recruiting Members in both the United States and Britain. Piracy remains a concern in the region as well. There is also some growing Instability in Ethiopia as well. So why the Intel staff in Stuttgart hasn't developed a program for this area is mind boggling.
A Third Area that could benefit from this could be the Great Lakes Region. The Area is rift with Militia Elements from various Groups. Recently AFRICOM provided Logistical support for the Multi-National Effort to rein in the Lord's Resistance Army Operating in the Garamba National Forest which lies in the Northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo.
This is an Area that badly needs any positive development.

Thanks to Alex Belida at for catching this.

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