2018/05/13 – Lawmakers and former defense officials are questioning why the Pentagon for months did not reveal the true mission of the Army special operations team involved in a deadly ambush last year in Niger.
The Pentagon confirmed for the first time Thursday that the U.S. team involved in the Oct. 4 firefight that killed four American troops initially embarked on a kill-or-capture operation, not a low-risk advising mission as previously portrayed. Continuer à lire … « USA/Niger – Questions linger over deadly Niger mission »
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 »
2018/04/18 – Niger’s military has detained a suspect who it believes could be the militant leader who was being pursued when an ambush left four American soldiers dead in October, the American ambassador said Tuesday. Continuer à lire … « Niger may have arrested militant with ties to ambush that killed 4 US soldiers »
2018/04/16 – Libya was thrown into further flux this past week amid reports of the death of Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar. His exact condition remains unclear; Haftar was reportedly hospitalized in Jordan after suffering a stroke before falling into a coma after his transfer to a hospital in France. Other sources reported that eastern strongman passed away while in Paris. Reports of his death, while unconfirmed, will significantly impact the calculus of Libya’s major players, both domestically and regionally. Haftar’s death could serve as an opportunity to revive political dialogue, but it could also trigger an escalated conflict between Libya’s competing factions that would further fragment the country. Continuer à lire … « Can Libya Survive Without Haftar? »
2018/04/09 – U.S. special operations forces kicked off their largest exercise in Africa on Monday in Niger, a country that is at the center of a growing counterterrorism mission.
The focus of the two-week Flintlock 2018, which involves eight African and 12 Western countries, is the day-to-day threats faced by local forces on the ground, the top U.S. commander of special operations troops in Africa told reporters before the exercise. Continuer à lire … « US special operations troops launch war games in Niger with partner forces #Sahel #Flintlock2018 #Niger »
2018/03/12 – Nearly seven years after the killing of Osama bin Laden, al-Qaeda is numerically larger and present in more countries than at any other time in its history. Indeed, the movement now boasts of some 40,000 men under arms, with approximately 10,000–20,000 fighters in Syria; 7000–9000 in Somalia; 5000 in Libya; 4000 in Yemen; a similar number dispersed throughout other countries across the Maghreb and Sahel; 3000 in Indonesia; and approximately 1000 in South Asia. From north-west Africa to South East Asia, al-Qaeda has been able to knit together a global movement of some two dozen local franchises. Continuer à lire … « The resurgence of Al-Qaeda »
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 »