Deadly US Proxy Warfare: What Do You Know About 127e?

If you had any doubts regarding the extent of America’s military reach, consider this:

“Through 127e [also known as 127-echo], the U.S. arms, trains, and provides intelligence to foreign forces. But unlike traditional foreign assistance programs, which are primarily intended to build local capacity, 127e partners are then dispatched on U.S.-directed missions, targeting U.S. enemies to achieve U.S. aims. ‘The foreign participants in a 127-echo program are filling gaps that we don’t have enough Americans to fill,’ a former senior defense official involved with the program told The Intercept. ‘If someone were to call a 127-echo program a proxy operation, it would be hard to argue with them.’”

Named in reference to the budgetary authority that allows them to exist, although actually existing since 2005 under a different name, 127e is described by The Intercept as a “proxy war program,” and it’s far more extensive than previously thought:

“…a new document obtained through the Freedom of Information Act offers the first official confirmation that at least 14 127e programs were also active in the greater Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region as recently as 2020. In total, between 2017 and 2020, U.S. commandos conducted at least 23 separate 127e programs across the world.”

Here’s a little more on the origins of this program. It’s worth quoting this at some length:

A proper understanding of 10 U.S.C. Section 127e begins with consideration of its predecessor, the temporary ‘1208’ authority established in 2005. Like many other aspects of the fight against terrorism, Section 1208 traces its origins back to September 11, 2001, when alQaeda’s attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center marked the beginning of an era in U.S. military operations where armed non-state actors—often operating from within sovereign nations unwilling and/or unable to prevent their continued existence—would be the primary adversary for the U.S. military. The first days of operations in Afghanistan in response to the 9/11 attacks revealed a significant gap in SOF capabilities to fulfill their assigned missions without fiscal support from outside the Department of Defense (DoD).

Special operations forces arrived in October 2001 before their conventional counterparts and began to train, assist, and fight with the Northern Alliance rebel group against the Taliban. However, SOF lacked any fiscal authority to make payments to benefit the Northern Alliance since these Afghans were not U.S. personnel. Another executive agency, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), had to pay the Northern Alliance on behalf of the DoD using its own fiscal authorities. In response to these developments and to address the evolving nature of U.S. military operations, Congress enacted Section 1208 of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2005 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) providing for $25 million annually through FY 2007 to ‘provide support to foreign forces, irregular forces, groups or individuals engaged in supporting or facilitating ongoing military operations by United States special operations forces to combat terrorism.’

Over the next twelve years, Congress routinely increased and/or extended this appropriation before codifying it as a permanent annual appropriation of $100 million in 2016. This fiscal authority has generated political consensus through the years and appears to be a tool on which USSOCOM [United States Special Operations Command] can expect to rely indefinitely as the United States continues to expand its options for fighting terrorism.”

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What This Means

These programs are evidence not only of America meddling in the internal affairs of sovereign states but of also supporting corrupt regimes around the world. As The Intercept had previously reported, 127e now has a $100 million budget (it began at $25 million in 2005). Of course, for what I suppose would be most in the military, this is a program for the good of humanity, resulting, as one military official says, in the “capture of killing of thousands of terrorists.”

Nonetheless, The Intercept notes:

“The basis for Clarke’s statement is unclear, however. McGraw, the Special Operations Command spokesperson, said SOCOM doesn’t have hard numbers on those captured or killed.”

Anyone familiar with the US military-industrial complex will not be surprised by this, but even then, such meddling is often examined in hindsight—the Iran contra scandal; U.S. intervention in South and Latin American states in the 1970s-1980s; and their help in installing murderous dictators in many countries there.

This is perhaps in part because documents which reveal what’s actually going on haven’t yet been declassified. The other part of the reason is more unfortunate—we sometimes fail to see what’s right in front of us (myself included). May Allah help us to see things for what they are. Amin.

This time, we have an opportunity to understand, at least partially, how the U.S. carries out its War on Terror® in Africa and the Middle East.

We’ve been aware of activities in at least 13 African countries for some time. As Yahoo News pointed out in 2019:

“Those countries, according to [retired Army Brig. Gen. Don] Bolduc, are Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Somalia, South Sudan and Tunisia. He added that U.S. troops have been killed or wounded in action in at least six of them: Kenya, Libya, Niger, Somalia, South Sudan and Tunisia.”

But now we know there’s more.

Beyond Africa

A retired four-star general of Central Command and Special Operations Command has also confirmed that 127e “counterterrorism” programs also exist within Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, and Yemen.

Quoting again from The Intercept article:

“A third document, a secret memo that was redacted and declassified for release to The Intercept, sheds light on hallmarks of the program, including use of the authority to provide access to areas of the world otherwise inaccessible even to the most elite U.S. troops.”

According to the same article, the U.S. is also apparently using Egyptian and Lebanese forces as proxy forces for ‘counterterrorism missions.’

This isn’t really a surprise. Rather it is confirmation, to which we ask:

How this is any better than the Wagner Group which the U.S. vilifies for their dirty work and for them helping corrupt regimes?

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Remaining Conscious

As we’ve discussed previously, even with all that money spent, things are actually worse, and they’ve certainly not gotten any better. Some of the countries that have been impacted significantly by these programs are places that you’re probably quite familiar with—along with Somalia, where they are reported to have at least five proxy forces, there’s Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger.

All four of these countries mentioned above are Muslim-majority countries. It’s as difficult to overstate their suffering as it is easy for us to forget it all.

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The wars that are foreign to us are very real to those who live in their midst, yet they were in part instigated by the West, whose governments were voted into power.

I think there’s an argument to be made that we live in a kind of plutocracy that is increasingly being manipulated by big tech (as has also been made more clear this week), therefore rendering the people’s vote somewhat moot. Nonetheless, the people must be or allow themselves to be manipulated in order for them to cast mindless votes.

We’ve been given the ability and skills to reason, alhamdulillah, and we need to use these well. Far too much is at stake for us not to.Source

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Culture of Fear

In terms of 127e and the military operating with impunity, it seems all that needs to be done is for them to say the magic word—“terrorism”—and voila, they can do whatever they please:

“‘It’s State not knowing what they don’t know, so they don’t even know to ask. It’s the ambassadors being sort of wowed by these four-star generals who come in and say, “If you don’t let us do this, everyone’s going to die,” the government official said. ‘DOD [the Department of Defense] views this as a small, tiny program that doesn’t have foreign policy implications [!], so, “Let’s just do it. The less people get in our way, the easier.”’”

It’s too easy to be unaware, to live divorced from the problems that our governments have helped create. It’s also easy to buy into fear (just consider the past three years), but we do have a few helpful tools at our disposal.

Firstly, our faith calls on us to be a community and to help one another. Secondly, we have access to information and the means of international communication 24/7, so let’s use it in a positive way, seeking knowledge and helping one another through it.

“A Muslim is the brother of a fellow-Muslim. He should neither commit oppression upon him nor ruin him, and he who meets the need of a brother, Allah would meet big needs, and he who relieved a Muslim from hardship Allah would relieve him from the hardships to which he would be put on the Day of Resurrection, and he who did not expose (the follies of a Muslim) Allah would conceal his follies on the Day of Resurrection.” (Sahih Muslim 2580)

In sha Allah, hopefully we can all keep in mind that along with many of them being our brothers and sisters, the vast majority of them are also just simple civilians trying to live out their lives, and now even this has become a major struggle for them. They didn’t vote for American intervention; they probably didn’t vote for whoever is in power (that’s if they had the opportunity to vote to begin with).

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Truth Speaker

Jazak Allahu 5ayr for the reminder; this is the question all who live in the US and pay taxes should ask: is it halal to stay here if you have freedom of movement? Didn’t Allah SWT make a fair warning here: “Surely (as for) those whom the angels cause to die while they are unjust to their souls, they shall say: In what state were you? They shall say: We were weak in the earth. They shall say: Was not Allah’s earth spacious, so that you should have migrated therein?” 4:97

Nabila

Russia Wagner are helping Mali and they are welcome Russia is the only country who helpt African fighting apartheid no Muslim country is doing good so let us not put others down who are truly helping! We need to be ashamed how the western are destroying disrespectful treating Muslims for 200 years