Niger/US – The battlefield has grown, but borders on a map still determine if our troops get hazard pay

2018/07/11 – Five months after the October deaths of four U.S. soldiers in Niger, the government added the African nation and its neighbors to the list of countries where service members receive additional hazard pay. Continuer à lire … « Niger/US – The battlefield has grown, but borders on a map still determine if our troops get hazard pay »

Niger – The Accompany They Keep: What Niger Tells Us about Accompany Missions, Combat, and Operations Other than War

2018/05/11- The Department of Defense just released the public report on the ambush in Niger last October that killed four U.S. soldiers — a succinct eight-page summary of the reportedly 6,000-page classified version. If the The Wall Street Journal’s coverage earlier this month was any indication, the public conversation over the next few days will likely extend existing debates about the U.S. military presence in Africa, President Donald Trump’s delegation of authority to combatant commanders, and legal authorities for the use of military force abroad. But I hope the report will spur debate over another, less-often discussed question: Where is the line between so-called “accompany missions” and combat? Continuer à lire … « Niger – The Accompany They Keep: What Niger Tells Us about Accompany Missions, Combat, and Operations Other than War »

Pentagon Says Everyone Who Watches or Mentions a Disturbing Video Is Helping ISIS #Niger

2018/03/13 – The Pentagon is refusing to confirm whether a disturbing video released by the Islamic State actually shows the Oct. 4 ambush in Niger that killed four soldiers, and a DoD spokesman warned reporters that they would be helping ISIS if they even reported on its very existence. A quick sampling of media that have reported on it: The New York Times, Fox News, and the BBC. Continuer à lire … « Pentagon Says Everyone Who Watches or Mentions a Disturbing Video Is Helping ISIS #Niger »