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 »
2018/03/13 – The Pentagon is refusing to confirm whether a disturbing video released by the Islamic State actually shows the Oct. 4 ambush in Niger that killed four soldiers, and a DoD spokesman warned reporters that they would be helping ISIS if they even reported on its very existence. A quick sampling of media that have reported on it: The New York Times, Fox News, and the BBC. Continuer à lire … « Pentagon Says Everyone Who Watches or Mentions a Disturbing Video Is Helping ISIS #Niger »
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 »
2018/03/05 – The Pentagon is warning media outlets not to publish a video released by the Islamic State over the weekend purportedly showing a deadly ambush of American troops last fall in the African nation of Niger. Continuer à lire … « Niger – Pentagon says media ‘complicit’ by posting ISIS ambush video »
2018/02/28 – Nearly five months since four U.S. soldiers lost their lives in Niger, the U.S. military is turning its hunt for the perpetrators in the neighboring nation of Mali.
On Oct. 4, 2017, U.S. and Nigerian forces were ambushed by militants affiliated with the Islamic State, resulting in the deaths of four U.S. soldiers and five Nigerian soldiers, and leaving two other U.S. soldiers wounded. The body of one of the soldiers, Sgt. La David Johnson, was found about a mile from the other bodies, and it is assumed that the militants captured and then executed him. Despite being outgunned and low on ammunition, the U.S. and Nigerian forces killed 20 of the enemy militants. Continuer à lire … « Mali – US now searching in Mali for terrorists who killed Americans in Niger »
An investigation into the October 2017 ambush in Niger by ISIS affiliated fighters that killed four US soldiers has been completed, according to several US defense officials.
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 »