Joe Biden had announced it in his electoral program: “While President Trump has abandoned allies and partners, and abdicated American leadership, as president I will immediately take steps to renew the alliances of the United States, and ensure that America, one more time, lead the world”. He kept his promise. The aircraft carrier Dwight D. Eisenhower and its battle group, made up of 5 missile launchers, “attacked Islamic State positions in Syria and Iraq from the Eastern Mediterranean” since the Islamic State “claimed responsibility for an attack on Palma in Mozambique”. The US Navy officially announced this on 31 March, without explaining how ISIS, defeated in Syria and elsewhere especially following the Russian intervention, now reappears threateningly with suspicious punctuality.
After launching the attack from the Eastern Mediterranean – area of the United States European Command naval forces with their headquarters in Naples Capodichino – the aircraft carrier Eisenhower crossed the newly reopened Suez Canal on 2 April, entering the US Central Command area that includes the Persian Gulf. Here it joined the French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle that at Washington’s request assumed the command of the US Task Force 50 on 31 March, not for deployment against ISIS but in reality, against Iran.
The fact that Washington asked Paris to lead a US naval force with its flagship falls within the policy of the Biden Presidency, which still maintains control of the command chain, as Task Force 50 depends on the US Central Command.
This is confirmed by the warfighter exercise which, planned by the US Army, has been carried out from 6 April to 15 April 2021 by US, French, and British divisions at Fort Hood and Fort Bliss in Texas, at Fort Bragg in North Carolina, and at Grafenwoehr in Germany. In this exercise, French and British brigades operated within a US division, while US brigades operated within French and British divisions, but always according to the US plan. The warfighter exercise integrates the large ongoing exercise Defender-Europe 21, which the US Army in Europe and Africa will carry out until June together with European and African allies and partners, to demonstrate “the ability of the United States to be strategic partners in the Balkans and in the Black Sea, in the Caucasus, in Ukraine and Africa”.
The US Army V Corps, just reactivated at Fort Knox (Kentucky) participates in Defender-Europe 21, has established its command headquarters in Poznan (Poland), from where it commands operations against Russia. On 31 March, at the request of the United States, Polish general Adam Joks was appointed US Army V Corps Deputy Commander. “It is the first time – reports the US Embassy in Warsaw – that a Polish general has entered the Military Command structure of the United States”. In other words, General Adam Joks continues to be part of the Polish army but, as Deputy Commander of the US V Corps, is now directly dependent on the command chain headed by the President of the United States.
The new security forces assistance brigades, special US Army units, that “organise, train, equip and advise foreign security forces” fall within the same policy. They are engaged “in support of a legitimate government authority” in the Middle East, Asia, Africa, Latin America, and Europe, currently in the Defender-Europe framework. They are an effective tool for launching de facto military operations under US command with the “assistance” cover. This explains why, after a relative respite, the Ukrainian chief of staff, Ruslan Khomchak, declared on 1 April that the Kyiv army “is preparing for the offensive in Eastern Ukraine”, that is, against Donbas Russian population, also using “territorial defence forces” (such as the neo-Nazi Regiment Azov), and in this operation “the participation of NATO allies is envisaged”. •
Source: Il manifesto of 6 April 2021
(Translation Current Concerns, some time specifications were adjusted, eds.)
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