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 »
2018/03/14 – A Tuareg rebel leader says members of his group have recovered an American vehicle that was stolen in the ambush in Niger that killed four American forces.Fahad Ag Al Mahmoud, secretary-general of the rebel group known by its French acronym GATIA, said Tuesday that his group found the vehicle from the October attack in Tongo Tongo. Continuer à lire … « Niger/Mali – Tuareg rebels claim recovery of US vehicle from Niger ambush »
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 »
2018/03/11 – The following is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert:
Secretary Tillerson met with Djiboutian President Ismaïl Omar Guelleh in Djibouti on March 9 to affirm the United States’ commitment to our broad partnership with the Government of Djibouti as it addresses regional political, development, and security challenges. The Secretary thanked President Guelleh for continued security cooperation, which promotes the common economic and security interests of the people of Djibouti and the United States. The Secretary also encouraged President Guelleh and Djibouti to further efforts to make Djibouti a more attractive destination for foreign investment. Continuer à lire … « US/Djibouti : What US Secretary of State Tillerson discussed with Djibouti Gov »
2018/03/06 – A propaganda video released by the Islamic State group that apparently shows the deadly ambush of U.S. troops in Niger raised fresh questions Monday as to the nature of the mission and why the soldiers had been left so vulnerable.
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 – Last Wednesday, the U.S. military did something it had not done before, inviting a sizable delegation of local leaders to a secretive $110 million drone base it’s building in Niger. The Nigerien group was led by the governor of the Agadez region, and the visit was the first for many members of the group, which included religious leaders, civil society members, and a handful of journalists, according to a report by a local radio station, Studio Kalangou. Continuer à lire … « Niger – U.S. Military Opened Secretive Drone Base to Visitors (After The Intercept Wrote About It) »