Briefing from ROAPE Volume 33 Number 109
Military Bases/Construction Contracts/Hydrocarbons in N Africa

Military Bases, Construction Contracts and Hydrocarbons in North Africa
Vol.33 No.109 (Sept 2006), pp601-608
Since publishing Mustafa Barth's article on US military basing in Algeria three years ago,1 ROAPE has published a series of articles and briefings on US involvement in North Africa. These have focused primarily on the launch in 2003 of a ‘Saharan-Sahelian’ front in the US's global ‘War on Terror’ and the implications of this ‘war’ for the peoples of the region.2 These articles have revealed that this front has been largely fabricated by US and Algerian military intelligence services, with the main building blocks being disinformation, obfuscation and dissemblement. It has therefore been difficult to ascertain the truth about such things as military bases and installations, troop deployments, related construction contracts, etc. The situation has not been helped by the fact that America's pursuance of the so-called ‘War on Terror’ throughout much of Africa has been closely associated with the accelerated exploitation of the continent's oil and gas resources by corporations which are rarely paragons of virtue.