U.S. may lift travel ban on ‘important partner’ Chad, Tillerson says

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 »

Pentagon adds Niger, Mali and parts of Cameroon to areas where U.S. troops receive imminent danger pay

2018/03/08 – The Pentagon has added Niger, Mali and parts of northern Cameroon to the list of areas where U.S. troops receive imminent danger pay while deployed, a move that reflects the evolving dangers in West Africa and follows the deaths of four U.S. soldiers in Niger last year.

The decision was outlined in a memo signed Monday by Robert Wilkie, the undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness. The decision was backdated to June 7, meaning the families of the service members killed in Niger and their fellow soldiers will receive back pay for their deployment. Continuer à lire … « Pentagon adds Niger, Mali and parts of Cameroon to areas where U.S. troops receive imminent danger pay »