Tunisia Raises Security Alert Level on Borders following US Warning

2019/01/11 – The Tunisian army and security forces have increased security alert level to the maximum on borders with Libya and Algeria, days after the US Department of State warned US citizens to avoid travel to Tunisia due to increased risk of terrorist attacks against foreign and domestic targets in the country. Continuer à lire … « Tunisia Raises Security Alert Level on Borders following US Warning »

Tunisia accepts delivery of last of eight Black Hawks #USArmy

2018/04/12 – U.S. Army Security Assistance Command (USASAC) completed a foreign military sales (FMS) case to deliver eight UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters to partner country Tunisia this summer.

The Black Hawks will provide Tunisia with cargo/personnel transport, medical evacuation and combat operations capabilities. The case value is more than $338 million. Army Contracting Command at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, awarded the contract. Continuer à lire … « Tunisia accepts delivery of last of eight Black Hawks #USArmy »

Nigeria – US Army procures Hydra rockets from General Dynamics for foreign military sales

2018/09/16 – General Dynamics has been awarded a $44 million contract to procure Hydra rockets for foreign military sales to Afghanistan, Nigeria, Australia, Lebanon and the Philippines, the U.S. Department of Defense said in a Friday, September 14 release. Continuer à lire … « Nigeria – US Army procures Hydra rockets from General Dynamics for foreign military sales »

Foreign mercenaries in new scramble for Africa and the #Sahel

2018/05/25 – Private military firms from the US, Russia, France and the UK, among others, are moving in to provide ‘solutions’ for national governments.

They guard mines, train the bodyguards of African presidents and provide security support to UN operations. And increasingly, behind every foreign soldier in the Sahel today, you will find a private military contractor. Continuer à lire … « Foreign mercenaries in new scramble for Africa and the #Sahel »

USA/Niger – Questions linger over deadly Niger mission

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 »

Niger – The Accompany They Keep: What Niger Tells Us about Accompany Missions, Combat, and Operations Other than War

2018/05/11- The Department of Defense just released the public report on the ambush in Niger last October that killed four U.S. soldiers — a succinct eight-page summary of the reportedly 6,000-page classified version. If the The Wall Street Journal’s coverage earlier this month was any indication, the public conversation over the next few days will likely extend existing debates about the U.S. military presence in Africa, President Donald Trump’s delegation of authority to combatant commanders, and legal authorities for the use of military force abroad. But I hope the report will spur debate over another, less-often discussed question: Where is the line between so-called “accompany missions” and combat? Continuer à lire … « Niger – The Accompany They Keep: What Niger Tells Us about Accompany Missions, Combat, and Operations Other than War »

Niger – Pentagon probe into deadly Niger attack finds mistakes, but recommends no punishment

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 »

Europe and USA take the fight against Jihadism to Niger #Mali

2018/05/04 – Niger has been increasingly playing a pivotal role in the global struggle against jihadism since the terrorist threat has been quickly shifting from the middle-east to Africa.
The special forces of the Sahel country are being trained and supported by Western military personnel. The doctrine consists of rolling back and eventually destroying the jihadists in their own desert sanctuaries, even beyond Niger’s borders. Continuer à lire … « Europe and USA take the fight against Jihadism to Niger #Mali »

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 »

Complying with international law with troops in Africa

Since the deadly ambush of four U.S. soldiers in Niger, questions have swirled about the extent and nature of US military involvement there. What were U.S. soldiers doing there, and why? Is the United States at war in Niger? And what rules govern U.S. operations there?.

At the same time, the Pentagon has been indicating it intends to expand its use of lethal force in Africa. And the New York Times reported Saturday that Trump has signed new rules loosening previous restrictions on the use of drones and commando raids outside war zones. (Already, some 6,000 troops are engaged on the continent.) But under what authority?. Continuer à lire … « Complying with international law with troops in Africa »