2018/05/22 – Sen. Bob Menendez, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, wants answers from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on the presence of US troops in Niger after four American service members were killed during an ambush by ISIS fighters there in October.
CNN has obtained a copy of the letter Menendez sent Tuesday to Pompeo inquiring about US policy and objectives in Niger as President Donald Trump’s top diplomat prepares to brief the entire committee on the issue this week. Continuer à lire … « US/Niger -Democratic senator presses Pompeo on US forces in Niger »
2018/03/29 – When news first emerged that four American special operators and five Nigeriens had been killed in a deadly ambush on the 4th of October 2017, it catapulted the hitherto, little-known United States Africa Command (USAFRICOM) presence in Niger into the limelight. Almost immediately, Senators were poring back over the documents they had been briefed on concerning United States (U.S.) combat operations in the region. Many of them admitted they had not been aware of the scale or nature of the US presence in Niger. Some commentators suggested they should have been paying more attention. Lora Lumpe and Jacob Marx of the Open Society Foundation stated, “Either the Pentagon has not been informing Congress, or it is sending updates…but nobody is reading them.” Continuer à lire … « Niger – Special Forces Opacity: Dangers for the U.K. »
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 »