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(A valuable article despite who published it!)

Clip - Last month, the U.S. Armed Forces finally admitted that a new
mission was underway in the Philippines. Dubbed “Operation Pacific Eagle –
Philippines,”
<https://media.defense.gov/2018/Feb/02/2001872555/-1/-1/1/FY2018_LIG_OCO_OIR_Q1_12222017_2.PDF>
the
operation allows for an unlimited budget to be set aside for the purpose of
armed U.S. operations in the Southeast Asian region.

Designated on Sept. 1, 2017 by U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis amid
total secrecy in the U.S. and the Philippines, the overseas contingency
operation – an official designation
<http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/03/24/AR2009032402818.html>
for
the military theaters of the former “War on Terror” – is presented as a
continuation of Operation Inherent Resolve, the U.S. military’s crusade
against the Islamic State group (ISIS) in Iraq and Syria.

Pacific Eagle, an open-ended mission aimed at “countering radicalization
and violent extremism” in the Southeast Asian region, could see the U.S.
military re-establish itself as a virtually permanent fixture in a former
U.S. colony described by President Donald Trump as a “prime piece of real
estate
<http://www.newsweek.com/prime-piece-real-estate-trumps-verdict-philippines-711040>
.”

Critics contend that the operation is aimed at strengthening Washington’s
grip on the long-subjugated people of the Philippines, defeating a
half-century leftist insurgency, and securing the country for the interests
of U.S. multinational corporations.

https://www.mintpressnews.com/operation-pacific-eagle-in-the-philippines-washingtons-new-colonial-war/237281/
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