2018/08/25 – In July of 2016, Nick Turse wrote at The Intercept about “1,700 Navy SEALs, Army Green Berets, and other military personnel” who were then “carrying out 78 distinct ‘mission sets’ in more than 20 nations” across Africa. Continuer à lire … « A Large, Expensive US Air Force Base In Africa – OpEd »
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 »
2018/07/16 – “Niger plays a key role to drastically reduce irregular migrants’ flows to Libya and the EU. My visit to Niamey aims at strengthening our partnership with this country, discussing how the EU can promote investments and make more funds available. I will also meet representatives from the Sahel and Sahara region to discuss how we can expand the Niger migration-management model to other African transit countries,” said European Parliament President, Antonio Tajani, ahead of his visit to Niger from 17 to 18 July. Continuer à lire … « Niger – Tajani visit to Niger: we must support and expand Niger’s well-functioning model to reduce irregular migration flows »
2018/03/15 – Green Berets working with government forces in Niger killed 11 Islamic State militants in a firefight in December, the American military acknowledged for the first time on Wednesday. The battle occurred two months after four United States soldiers died in an ambush in another part of Niger — and after senior commanders had imposed stricter limits on military missions in the West African country. Continuer à lire … « Niger – U.S. Kept Silent About Its Role in Another Firefight in Niger »
2018/02/08 – Sub-Saharan Africa has long been a strategic backwater for American foreign policy. Until the mid-2000s, American engagement in the region was sporadic and limited to areas of Cold War conflict or humanitarian crisis. However, the October deaths of four U.S. Green Berets and five Nigerien soldiers in Niger has thrown a public spotlight on a growing U.S. military presence in Africa. At present, AFRICOM, the U.S. military command responsible for Africa, oversees the activities of some 6,000 troops on the continent, of which over 800 are based in Niger. Apart from the large base at Camp Lemmonier in Djibouti, the United States maintains a dozen or so “cooperative security locations,” i.e. small semi-permanent military installations across Africa. This will soon include a substantial $100 million dollar base in the central Nigerien city of Agadez to host and support drone operations. Continuer à lire … « Niger/Sahel: The Destabilizing Dangers of U.S. Counterterrorism in the Sahel »
Agadez 25/11/17 – Beyond the sign reading « Military Zone, » beyond the olive-green Humvees patrolling near a security tower, rows of tan tents stretch across the desert. For nearly two years, the remote, barren site has been home to several hundred U.S. troops working around the clock to turn it into a high-tech, multimillion-dollar drone base.Mohamed Seraji doesn’t like what he sees.
Dust kicked up by the construction makes the 29-year-old vendor cough. At night, the noise keeps him awake. But his biggest worry is that the facility — as well as Nigeriens like him who live in this city, just minutes away — will become a target for Islamist extremists. Continuer à lire … « Niger / Mali / US : A city in Niger worries new US drone base will make it a ‘magnet’ for terrorists »
New Delhi — Talat Masood, considered Pakistan’s topmost security expert, has warned that the use of drones by the US military in Niger would be unjustified, as it would cause civilian causalities. Masood’s observations come amid media reports that Niger has requested the US military carry out drone operations against militants operating along its border with Mali. Continuer à lire … « Niger – Pakistani Expert Slams US Drone Attack Plans in Niger »