Niger – US counterterror fight in Africa also turns to local police

2018/04/28 – Under the watchful eyes of U.S. authorities, an elite group of local police officers in Niger’s capital slipped into a home, rescued a « hostage, » detained an « extremist » and pretended to kill another.

The police training in one of Africa’s most remote, impoverished countries is crucial as extremists linked to the Islamic State group and al-Qaida carry out increasingly bold attacks in West Africa’s vast Sahel region. In October, four U.S. soldiers and five Nigeriens were killed in an ambush claimed by Islamic State group-linked fighters in rural Niger. Continuer à lire … « Niger – US counterterror fight in Africa also turns to local police »

Special operators say African terror groups a future threat to US, if not right now

2018/04/24 – The runway under construction here, stretching more than a mile in the southern Sahara Desert, is both the Air Force’s biggest building project ever and the newest sign of a growing American military campaign against extremists in West Africa.

At Air Base 201, U.S. airmen put down damp burlap sacks to keep fresh concrete from cracking under the blaze, while building a home for MQ-9 Reaper drones. Continuer à lire … « Special operators say African terror groups a future threat to US, if not right now »

Niger – ‘Building a base from nothing’: $110 million U.S. project in Niger will house drones

2018/04/24 – There’s no sign yet of a Green Beans Coffee shop, a staple at some of the military’s austere semipermanent bases around the world that troops have come to know. But give it time.

The U.S. Air Force is nearing completion of a $110 million project in the Saharan desert town of Agadez, Niger, known as Air Base 201. And even the locals seem to think the Americans are going to be around for some time to come. Continuer à lire … « Niger – ‘Building a base from nothing’: $110 million U.S. project in Niger will house drones »

Niger – US Building Huge New Drone Base in Central Niger

The US military is building a new overseas military base in Niger, adding to its existing inventory of more than 800 bases in more than 70 countries, according to a recent to its dispatch from central Niger. Continuer à lire … « Niger – US Building Huge New Drone Base in Central Niger »

USA/Sahel – Special operations soldiers shift training emphasis to help Africans fight terror groups

2018/04/22 The Nigerien troops, 250 miles from their higher headquarters in Agadez, were at first reluctant at first to call their commanders with information about the unfolding battle simulation.During Flintlock 2018, the largest U.S. special operations exercise in Africa, a contingent of Green Berets aimed to eliminate that hesitancy. Continuer à lire … « USA/Sahel – Special operations soldiers shift training emphasis to help Africans fight terror groups »

Niger may have arrested militant with ties to ambush that killed 4 US soldiers

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 »

Niger – U.S. Kept Silent About Its Role in Another Firefight in Niger

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 »