2018/03/12 – U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Monday Washington was considering lifting a travel ban on Chad, offering an olive branch to a key ally in the fight against Islamist militant groups in West Africa.
The top U.S. diplomat flew into the Chadian capital, N’Djamena, on the last day of a truncated tour of Africa with stop-offs in Kenya, Ethiopia, Djibouti and Nigeria – all frontline partners against Islamic State and al Qaeda off-shoots. Continuer à lire … « U.S. may lift travel ban on ‘important partner’ Chad, Tillerson says »
2018/01/22- La quinzième édition du forum sur la paix de l’Union de la Jeunesse musulmane du Sénégal (Ujms) s’est ouverte ce samedi 20 janvier 2018 à Thiès, en présence des représentations diplomatiques, des représentants de l’État, de la classe politique, des familles religieuses du Sénégal et des associations islamiques. Continuer à lire … « Sénégal/Sécurité – Le 15e Forum sur la Paix appelle à un retour au calme en Casamance »
08/01/18 – Later this month, the Pentagon is scheduled to release the results of its investigation of the circumstances surrounding the preventable deaths of four U.S. soldiers in Niger last October. Continuer à lire … « Niger – America’s shadow war in Africa is dangerous and counterproductive »
22/11/17 – U.S. military officials investigating the deadly ambush on an Army Special Forces team in Niger last month discovered additional remains of an American soldier killed in the attack while combing the scene for evidence, Pentagon officials said Tuesday.Investigators found human remains Nov. 12 during an examination of the ambush site outside the remote village of Tongo Tongo near Niger’s border with Mali, Dana White, a spokeswoman for the Pentagon, said in a prepared statement. A military medical examiner later determined the remains belonged to Army Sgt. La David Johnson, she said. Continuer à lire … « Niger /USA : Additional remains of soldier killed in Niger found as US investigates ambush »
With questions still looming over the deaths of U.S. troops in Niger, the ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee faced top Trump administration officials last week in a public hearing and warned of a “global, endless shadow war” against terror groups.
Sen. Ben Cardin’s comments to Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson were part of the new political battle over President Trump’s authority to target a growing roster of extremists aligned with the Islamic State and al Qaeda across Africa and the Middle East. Continuer à lire … « Niger – Senate Democrats seek to limit Trump’s counter-terrorism powers »
No wonder Trump refused to acknowledge the deaths of four fallen U.S. troops last month.
The Pentagon originally described the joint American-Nigerien mission as a routine meet-and-greet session with local elders at a Nigerien town, which meant American troops were “unlikely” to encounter any hostile forces. But sources now describe the mission as a dangerous kill-and-capture one that went very wrong. Continuer à lire … « US troops sent on doomed Niger mission after request for military backup was rejected »
As the mystery deepens about the deaths of four American soldiers in an ambush by extremists in Niger, President Trump has disavowed responsibility and put the onus on the military. It’s the same sort of cowardly dodge he attempted when a Navy SEAL died in a botched raid in Yemen in January.
It won’t wash. Like his predecessors — presidents who were strong enough to actually acknowledge their heavy responsibility — Mr. Trump is commander in chief, in charge of putting the armed forces in harm’s way. Ultimately he and his Pentagon will have to provide a full accounting not only of the operation but also of how it fits into a broader strategy for countering terrorists in Africa.
Continuer à lire … « Niger – A Deadly Ambush’s Great Mystery: What Are We Doing in Niger? »