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 »
2018/05/01 – L’empreinte militaire extérieure, notamment celle des États-Unis et de la France, s’accroît en Afrique de l’Ouest et particulièrement au Sahel. Pourtant, face à des opinions publiques de plus en plus hostiles à cette présence jugée envahissante, ces interventions risquent de s’avérer inefficaces ou, pire, contre-productives. Continuer à lire … « Que protègent les forces militaires étrangères au Sahel? #Mali #Niger »
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 »