The US 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 US 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 US 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'.
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.
Introduction The Dossier Missing 1 The Sahara's Bermuda Triangle 2 Reconstructing Tora Bora 3 'Whodunit' 4 Grounds for suspicion in the Algerian Sahara 5 Grounds for suspicion in the Sahel 6 Who was El Para? 7 Oil and Empire 8 Algeria's black decade 9 Islamists and Eradicators: Algeria's 'Dirty War' 10 The Banana theory of terrorism 11 Preparing the disinformation 12 The nature of US intelligence 13 'Blowback' and resistance Notes Bibliography Index