Wars Involving the United States of America in 2013--The United States, officially
at war on several fronts since 2001 (and unofficially, since at least 1991), is battling
al-Qaida in several nations around the world, as is actively involved in covert wars
in several others. America's current wars and conflicts in the year 2013 include
Afghanistan--Since the 9/11 Terrorist attacks on the U.S., American forces have been
actively engaged against al-Qaida and the Taliban in Afghanistan. All signs point
to an American withdrawal from Afghanistan over the next two years, but until then,
the warfare continues.
Iraq-While officially, America's war in Iraq ended in December, 2011, hundreds of
U.S. military personnel remain in Iraq as trainers for the Iraqi military and security
forces. As the Iraqi insurgency continues, it would be foolish to believe that America's
involvement in Iraq is truly over.
Iran-The U.S., Israel, and likely other Western allies are engaged in a proxy/covert
war with Iran over Iran's involvement in the wars in Gaza, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq,
Syria-In 2013, U.S. and allied pressure on the Assad regime continues and it is well-known
that the U.S. is aiding the anti-Assad rebels in the ongoing Syrian Civil War. The
U.S. now formally recognizes the Syrian rebels as legitimate government of Syria.
Worries over Syria's chemical weapons, and the possibility that Assad may use them
or transfer them to Hezbollah, lead to the very strong possibility of U.S. and allied
military intervention in Syria in 2013. U.S. special forces are reportedly pre-positioned
in Jordan, and U.S. and other NATO forces are taking up positions in southern Turkey,
manning Patriot missile batteries. In August of 2013, a chemical weapons attack
at Ghoutta, Syria killed some 1,400 people. There is a high likelihood that American
forces may attack Syria to punish the Assad regime for this use of banned chemical
Libya--After the successful military intervention in Libya in 2011, continued American
involvement in Libya hit the public eye with the September 11, 2012 attack on the
U.S. embassy in Benghazi and the death of four Americans, including the U.S. Ambassador
to Libya. The U.S. is actively involved in hunting down missing weapons in Libya
and in supporting the new Libyan government. To date, there has been no publicly
acknowledged military retaliation against the Libyan militants who attacked the embassy.
On October 5, 2013, American troops seized a Libyan-born al-Qaida militant indicted
in 2000 for his role in the 1998 bombings of the United States embassies in Kenya
and Tanzania. The militant, born Nazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai also known as Abu Anas
al-Liby. He was captured on the streets of Tripoli, as American personnel surrounded
his vehicle, pulled him out of his car, and took him away. The United States later
issued a comment that Abu Anas was taken outside of Libya and was being held in a
Mali--In 2012, the long-simmering hostility between the Mali government and the northern
Taureg ethnic group exploded with the Taureg conquest of northern Mali. Soon after
the rebel victory, al-Qaida affiliated Islamists took over the Taureg revolution
and began invoking Islamist Sharia law. A coalition of African and European nations
is trying to cobble together a military force to retake northern Mali. The U.S. is
involved in this effort, and 2013 may very well see some form of U.S. military intervention
in this al-Qaida-related conflict.
Somalia and the Horn of Africa--The U.S. and many other nations continue to engage
in anti-piracy operations off the Somali coastline. These operations at times result
in military engagements with the pirates, up to and including rescue operations inside
Somalia itself. Besides the anti-piracy operations, the U.S. is also involved in
Somalia due to the continuing Shabaab War. The U.S. funds and trains Ugandan, Burundian,
Ethiopian, Kenyan, and other African forces who are actively fighting in Somalia
to aid the weak central government against the al-Qaida affiliated al-Shabaab rebels.
The U.S., over the past few years, frequently launches drone attacks, Special Forces
raids, and naval attacks on al-Qaida targets in Somalia. There is no reason to believe
this will change in 2013.
On October 5, 2013, U.S. Navy Seals conducted a sea-borne raid on the Somali town
of Baraawe, in an attempt to capture a senior leader of the Somali Islamist group
Shabab. This raid was in response to the Shabab attack on the Westgate mall in Nairobi,
Kenya that took place in Septembe, 2013. That Shabab attack killed over 60 people,
with non-Muslims and Westerners singled out for killing. The SEAL raid was a failure,
as the U.S. Forces withdrew after meeting stiff resistance. This raid coincided
with another American military action in Libya that same day.
Pakistan--The U.S. has been using remote-controlled drones to attack Taliban and
al-Qaida strongholds in Pakistan since 2004. Conservative reports put the death toll
in Pakistan from these drone attacks at a minimum of 3,000.
Philippines--Since 2002, U.S. Special Forces have been aiding and training Filipino
forces in their ongoing fight against al-Qaida affiliated Islamist rebels in the
southern Philippines. These rebel groups include Abu Sayyaf and Jemaah Islamiyah.
In 2009, two U.S. Special Forces troops were killed by a roadside bomb. While officially
engaged in only training missions, it is highly likely that U.S. troops are more
Yemen--Yemen is one of America's fronts in the ongoing war against al-Qaida, with
frequent drone strikes against Islamist and Jihadist targets in Yemen. Several terrorist
attempts against the U.S. have originated in Yemen.