Mystery Surrounds European Union Raid in Somalia … All is not apparently as it seems with the story of the raid. The European website DefenseReport claims that the Haradheere raid was carried out not by helicopters, but by actual EU troops on the ground. If true, this would mark a new, dramatically different approach … – EdsWorld (5/15/12)
Since December 2008, the EU has kept five to 10 warships off the Horn of Africa in an operation known as Atalanta. NATO has a similar anti-piracy flotilla known as Ocean Shield, and other countries — including the United States, India, China, Russia, and Malaysia — also have dispatched naval vessels to patrol the region … – AP (5/15/12)
Others points on Mr Hollande’s agenda include … plans to promote wider EU defence co-operation, including the prospect of a Euro Army long resisted by Britain. [He] will also argue that EU countries should abandon austerity measures to boost growth. – Daily Mail (5/17/12)
FAREWELL PARADE FOR AFGHANISTAN SOLDIERS OF HQ EUROCORPS … Due to the deployment of Eurocorps soldiers to Afghanistan from beginning of January 2012 to January 2013, the Deputy and Acting Commander of Eurocorps, Major General Walter Spindler, will give a Farewell Parade on 4 January 2012 for the soldiers. – Eurocorps.org (12/21/11)
EU ground troops have reportedly been employed in an attack on Somalia. The occasion was a raid against Somali pirates and EU helicopters were used as well.
Didn’t know that the EU had an army? Welcome to the 21st century.
Not only may the EU have placed troops on the ground in Somalia, but “Eurocorps” – the EU’s standing army based in Strasbourg – has headed over to Afghanistan for a one-year stint.