The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) denounced the upcoming joint US – South Korean “Ulchi Freedom Guardian” military drills as outrageous and undisguised provocative action. Disturbingly, joint US – South Korean special forces “exercises” suggest that the DPRK is being targeted with a strategy not unlike the ones that have been used against Libya and Syria.
US_ARMY_KOREA_SPRECIALFORCES_SK_FOALEAGLEThe Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Country (CPRC), on Sunday, denounced the upcoming military drills as an outrageous provocation for a nuclear war against the north. The Committee also stressed that the military drills aim at encroaching upon the dignity and sovereignty of the DPRK and infringe on the vital rights of its people.
Pyongyang also urged the United States to roll back its muscle-flexing and hostile policy against the DPRK, described it as dangerous, and stressed Pyongyang’s readiness to defend the country which is armed with nuclear weapons.
The Ulchi Freedom Guardian joint military exercise is scheduled to kick off on Monday. It is part of a set of annual joint US – South Korean military exercises which includes the Key Resolve, Foal Eagle, and Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercises. Both Washington and Seoul insist that these exercises are of a purely defensive nature while Pyongyang stresses that it perceives them as designed for an invasion.
While the nature of the Washington’s, Seoul’s and Pyongyang’s (as well as Beijing’s) nuclear assets in the theater are widely considered as part of posturing rather than active strategic preparations of conflict, Pyongyang’s assessment that the US and Seoul prepare an invasion is on the money. The invasion is, however, neither likely to involve nuclear weapons or a large-scale military assault.
US and South Korean Special Forces annually practice cross border guerrilla warfare during Foal Eagle and related exercises. These drills include the infiltration into the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea a.k.a. North Korea and cooperation with an “indigenous opposition”.
In 2011, nsnbc international disclosed the classified US Special Forces Training Circular TC 18-01, which is used for “foreign students”, and forecast the subversion of Syria with stunning accuracy. The report reveals that the words “serious provocation” are a moderate understatement about the possible threat of a “Korean Spring”, and Pyongyang is not exactly known for the use of moderate rhetoric.
Similar exercises were conducted during the April 2013 Foal Eagle exercises under the operational name “Balance Knife 13-1″ , reports the January 2014 edition of “Special Warfare”, published by the US Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School.
The magazine reports that US SF unites carried out simulated missions into the DPRK together with the 7th and 11th Republic of Korea Special Forces units, adding that Balance Knife 13-1 focused on how to infiltrate commandos into the DPRK and how to retract them.
Once inside the DPRK, the units focus on building an indigenous resistance organization, reported “Special Warfare”, adding that many South Korean commandos:
“still have family in the North that they may or may not have contact with. (which are) …good for growing strong relationships and transcend NK ideology and can serve as a foundation for the development of a loyal resistance organization”.
SPECIAL FORCES UNCONVENTIONAL WARFARE – TC 18-01 – Why nsnbc international published it, and why it is relevant for the Korean theater.
In 2011, nsnbc came into the possession of a copy of the Special Forces Unconventional Warfare Training Circular TC 18.01 via a SF officer who was dissatisfied with the fact, that US troops were used to destabilize Syria in cooperation with radical Islamist terrorist organizations.
The disgruntled SF officer said that a study of the text, which is being used in the training of “foreign students” at the Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina and other facilities, would allow to predict the stages of the subversion of Syria with a high degree of accuracy. The TC 18-01 is so “sensitive” that it is not only “restricted”, it also contains the “Detsruction Notice”:
“Destroy by any method that will prevent disclosure of contents or the reconstruction of the document”.
We decided to go ahead with publishing the TC 18-01 in full, not because we want to harm the interest or security of any particular nation, in this case the USA, but because the entire “Training Circular TC 18-01″, from beginning to end, encourages citizens of sovereign countries to cooperate with US Special Forces in subversive activities which are in direct violation of the most fundamental principles in international law, including the Charter of the United Nations. The documents states, among others that:
Training Circular (TC) 18-01, Special Forces Unconventional Warfare, defines the current United States (U.S.) Army Special Forces (SF) concept of planning and conducting unconventional warfare (UW) operations. For the foreseeable future, U.S. forces will predominantly engage in irregular warfare (IW) operations. (Emphasis added).
The seemingly harmless statement, that South Korean SF troops may, or may not have family ties in the DPRK, which could be exploited to establish a particularly loyal resistance organization, gain additional dimensions when reading the TC 18-01 which states:
1-1. The intent of U.S. UW efforts is to exploit a hostile power’s political, military, economic, and psychological vulnerabilities by developing and sustaining resistance forces to accomplish U.S. strategic objectives. Historically, the military concept for the employment of UW was primarily in support of resistance movements during general-war scenarios. While this concept remains valid, the operational environment since the end of World War II has increasingly required U.S. forces to conduct UW in scenarios short of general war (limited war).
The TC 18-01 is, so to speak, a complete guidebook that guides collaborators and special forces from the beginning to the end of a process that begins with the assessment of potential dissent, over the manufacturing of dissent into peaceful protests, into aggravating peaceful dissent into violent confrontation, the establishment of the armed resistance organizations to a full-blown subversion.
Crucial factors in this process are not, as one may attribute it to a country that boasts of being the vanguard of freedom and democracy, the best interest, the cultural dignity and integrity of a people, social justice, human rights, as one might presume, but:
Willingness to cooperate with the United States
Compatible Objectives and Ideology
Capable Resistance Leadership (which translates into) Planners must consider what the United States is requesting and offering in return from the insurgent’s perspective.
Can the United States influence the leaders to remain compliant with U.S. goals?
From “Unconventional Warfare Manual” to Abhorrent Reality.
The full bearing and significance of the joint US – South Korean Special Forces training in and around the Korean peninsula may not transpire unless one studies the full text of the Training Circular 18-01 and then assesses the body of that text within the context of the outcome of wars which have been manufactured by the United States, based on US Special Warfare’s principles.
Libya – 2009 – 11: US Special Operations teams were on the ground in Libya from approximately 2009, establishing ties with, among others, Abdelhakim Belhadj, the leader of the Al-Qaeda associated Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, and his second in command, Mahd Harati.
Preparations for the so-called “Arab Spring” began in Libya, predominantly in the cities of Derna and Bengazi, and for good reason.
A study, conducted by the US military academy at West Point, titled “Al Qa´ida’s Foreign Fighters in Iraq” concluded that Libya was the greatest per capita contributor of foreign Al-Qaeda fighters in Iraq, and that most Al-Qaeda members in Libya were located in Derna, Begazi. The full text of the West Point “anti-terrorism” study has been added to the nsnbc archives and can be accessed HERE.
2009 – 2011 Syria: In 2011, the already mentioned US Special Forces officer stated to nsnbc, that Special Forces Units had been operating on the ground in Syria for a considerable amount of time already.
In 2013, the former French Foreign Minister, Roland Dumas, appeared on the French TV channel LPC and admitted that top-British officials had approached him, two years before the first peaceful protests erupted in Syria, and asked him if he wanted to participate in subverting Syria with the help of “Rebels”. Dumas said:
“I am going to tell you something. I was in England two years before the violence in Syria on other business. I met with top British officials, who confessed to me, that they were preparing something in Syria. … This was in Britain not in America. Britain was organizing an invasion of rebels into Syria. They even asked me, although I was no longer Minister of Foreign Affairs, if I would like to participate. Naturally, I refused, I said I am French, that does not interest me. … This operation goes way back. It was prepared, preconceived and planned… in the region, it is important to know that this Syrian regime has a very anti-Israeli stance. … Consequently, everything that moves in the region…- and I have this from a former Israeli Prime Minister who told me, we will try to get on with our neighbors but those who don’t agree with us will be destroyed. It is a type of politics, a view of history, why not after all. But one should know about it”.
By early 2014, some 40 percent of the civilian population of Syria has been displaced by the fighting between the Syrian Arab Army and civil defense units on one side, and mercenary forces under the banners of the Muslim Brotherhood and Al-Qaeda, and other radicals, some of the euphemistically described as belonging to a “Free Syrian Army”.
The criminality of the subversion by “Special Forces” in Unconventional Warfare”, as described in the TC 18-01, is probably best exemplified by a detailed report about the use of chemical weapons by the Saudi Arabia and US controlled Al-Qaeda brigade Liwa-al-Islam, on 21 August 2013, in the East Ghouta suburb of the Syrian capital Damascus.
The report, published in nsnbc international under the title “Top US and Saudi Officials responsible for Chemical Weapons in Syria”, establishes beyond reasonable doubt that the chemical weapons attack was a special operation, carried out under the direct command and political responsibility of top US and Saudi officials.
Is Pyongyang Really “Overreacting”?
Are the government and the military of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea overreacting when they call the joint exercises a “serious provocation” and demand that the USA halts the drills? Is it an exaggeration when the head of state of the DPRK warns against an “unimaginable holocaust”?
Those who would be in a position to assess this risk would be the people of Libya, Syria, Iraq, and other devastated nations. Concerning the Korean peninsula one must add the fact that subversive brinkmanship combined with nuclear weapons can provoke a nuclear exchange, even if it is unwanted, accidental, or because one of the parties misinterprets a perceived threat.
Within the political, geopolitical, military as well as cultural context, it is by no means “exaggerated rhetoric” when Kim Jong-un warns about the risk of an “unimaginable holocaust”, provoked by US brinkmanship.
Dr. Christof Lehmann (nsnbc)