Niger ambush prompts training changes for special operations in Africa

2018/08/29 – Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said the military will modify how special operations forces are prepared for missions in Africa because of a deadly ambush by extremists last year in Niger that revealed a lack of training for troops heading into hot spots. Continuer à lire … « Niger ambush prompts training changes for special operations in Africa »

Une base aérienne américaine proche des frontières sud algérienne

2018/08/28 – L’armée de l’air américaine est sur le point d’achever la construction d’une base aérienne au Niger pour des drones armés qui cibleront des groupes militants opérant dans la région, a déclaré à VOA un responsable militaire américain. Continuer à lire … « Une base aérienne américaine proche des frontières sud algérienne »

Mali – Africa Endeavor 2018: le Mali présent #Militaire

2018/08/06 – Trois officiers maliens ont participé depuis l’archipel du Cap Vert sur l’ile de Sal Island à un symposium réunissant 40 pays africains et des communautés économiques régionales des organisations internationales. Continuer à lire … « Mali – Africa Endeavor 2018: le Mali présent #Militaire »

Niger/US – After deadly Niger ambush, US military in Africa says changes made to protect troops

2018/08/05 – The U.S. military in Africa has taken steps to increase the security of troops on the ground, adding armed drones and armored vehicles and taking a harder look at when American forces go out with local troops, the head of the U.S. Africa Command said Monday.
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Armed US drones up and running in Niger

2018/07/21 – Armed U.S. drone flights over Niger — which started after four U.S. soldiers were killed in an ambush in October — have put a scare into local militants, the country’s top defense official said.
Earlier this year, U.S. Africa Command quietly began armed unmanned surveillance flights in Niger, adding more firepower in the country where the Oct. 4 attack on a team of Green Berets raised questions about whether troops were carrying out dangerous missions without sufficient backup. Continuer à lire … « Armed US drones up and running in Niger »

Foreign mercenaries in new scramble for Africa and the #Sahel

2018/05/25 – Private military firms from the US, Russia, France and the UK, among others, are moving in to provide ‘solutions’ for national governments.

They guard mines, train the bodyguards of African presidents and provide security support to UN operations. And increasingly, behind every foreign soldier in the Sahel today, you will find a private military contractor. Continuer à lire … « Foreign mercenaries in new scramble for Africa and the #Sahel »

Niger – AFRICOM Increasing ISR Support, Limiting Missions in Wake of October 2017 Ambush

2018/05/13 – US special operations forces in Africa are paring down their operations, and will be supported by an increase in Air Force-provided surveillance from a large USAF operating location in Niger, following the Oct. 4, 2017, ambush in that country that killed four Green Berets. Continuer à lire … « Niger – AFRICOM Increasing ISR Support, Limiting Missions in Wake of October 2017 Ambush »