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"No personnel will return immediately to the United States on October 1, 2012 while DoD is reviewing the effect of not being authorized under the Continuing Resolution to continue the training of Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) following expiration of the Iraqi Security Forces Fund (ISFF) authority on Sept. 30, 2012."

America's Iraq war never ended. Obama's claim otherwise was false. Stratfor reported that US General Robert Caslen said Army special forces were sent to Iraq to advise on counterterrorism and intelligence related matters.

Perhaps MC-130 aircraft transported them there. In late September,  Le Figaro said 100 French special operations troops were sent to sub-Saharan Africa to engage northern Mali militants. 

"Le Figaro also reported that maritime patrol aircraft that can be used to collect intelligence will be deployed to the region and that commandos of the French navy will reinforce the French special operations troops."

In September, Italian journalist Guido Olimpio said US unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) currently track Cyrenaica-based militants. It's eastern Libya's historical name.

He claimed "reliable sources" confirmed the presence of US special forces carrying out intelligence and perhaps counterinsurgency operations. It could be related to pending North Africa surgical strikes in Libya and Mali.

Stratfor said these and other deployments could be "previously scheduled movements for training or part of ongoing operations." They don't necessarily relate to upcoming missions.

Perhaps Washington and France are "positioning military assets in a region that is rife with conflict and that may eventually require rapid military intervention or action."

Whatever is happening, they deserve mention. At the same time, it's important to note that pending military operations aren't pre-announced. Targets aren't alerted in advance. 

What's ongoing may be nothing out of the ordinary. With the Middle East on a boil, however, it's best to pay close attention to whatever may suggest otherwise.

Imperial Washington never sleeps. Neither does Israel. Both countries are belligerent, nuclear armed and dangerous. America targets all independent states. 

It demands pro-Western ones subservient to US interests. Nations unwilling to surrender their sovereignty to America are targeted for regime change. North Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia are infested with US forces. 

Saber rattling supplements contingents waging war. New conflicts can erupt anyway, anytime. America has a permanent war policy. Syria and Iran are prime targets. 

Troop movements warrant close monitoring for good reason. They can attack targeted countries on short notice. Their presence menaces nearby states. Forewarned is forearmed. 

A Finan Comment

On October 8, AP said the Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) said Iran can produce a nuclear warhead in two - four months.

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