2019/09/09 – The U.S. military will begin flying armed drones out of a remote base in Niger in the coming months, marking a significant escalation of the Defense Department’s little-noticed war against violent extremists in Africa.The MQ-9 Reapers will operate from new facilities the U.S. Air Force is building at an existing Nigerien base in Agadez for nearly $100 million. Until recently, the drones have been based in Niger’s capital and used solely to collect intelligence on militant groups operating in the region. Continuer à lire … « Shadowy U.S. Drone War in Africa Set to Expand #Niger »
2018/07/11 – Five months after the October deaths of four U.S. soldiers in Niger, the government added the African nation and its neighbors to the list of countries where service members receive additional hazard pay. Continuer à lire … « Niger/US – The battlefield has grown, but borders on a map still determine if our troops get hazard pay »
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 »
2018/05/13 – 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 »
2018/05/09 – A Pentagon investigation into an ambush that killed four U.S. soldiers in Niger in October found that two officers in charge misinformed higher-ups about the danger of the mission, yet no punishment was recommended against them, according to officials familiar with the still-unreleased report on the findings. Continuer à lire … « Niger – Pentagon probe into deadly Niger attack finds mistakes, but recommends no punishment »
2018/05/03 – Four Army special operations soldiers killed in action during an ambush in Niger last October were part of a largely inexperienced and lightly-armed team outmatched by ISIS fighters who exploited bad decisions by U.S. commanders, families of the fallen soldiers and other sources briefed on the military investigation told ABC News. Continuer à lire … « Niger – US soldiers killed in Niger were outgunned, ‘left behind’ in hunt for ISIS leader »