Armed US drones up and running in Niger

2018/07/21 – Armed U.S. drone flights over Niger — which started after four U.S. soldiers were killed in an ambush in October — have put a scare into local militants, the country’s top defense official said.
Earlier this year, U.S. Africa Command quietly began armed unmanned surveillance flights in Niger, adding more firepower in the country where the Oct. 4 attack on a team of Green Berets raised questions about whether troops were carrying out dangerous missions without sufficient backup. Continuer à lire … « Armed US drones up and running in Niger »

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 »

Mali/Niger : Drug Wars, Missing Money and a Phantom $500 Million

2018/02/10 – 2017 was a year of investigations for U.S. Africa Command. There was the investigation of the two-star commander of U.S. Army Africa who allegedly sent racy texts to an enlisted man’s wife. There was the investigation into the alleged killing of an Army Special Forces soldier by Navy SEALs in Mali. There was the inquiry into reports of torture and killings on a remote base in Cameroon that was also used by American forces. Continuer à lire … « Mali/Niger : Drug Wars, Missing Money and a Phantom $500 Million »

Niger – US military completes Niger ambush investigation

An investigation into the October 2017 ambush in Niger by ISIS affiliated fighters that killed four US soldiers has been completed, according to several US defense officials.

The initial report of the investigation findings is expected to be sent to General Thomas Waldhauser, the commanding general of US Africa Command who could make a decision on whether to recommend administrative reprimands and punishments for any of those involved in authorizing the misión.

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Niger – America’s shadow war in Africa is dangerous and counterproductive

08/01/18 – Later this month, the Pentagon is scheduled to release the results of its investigation of the circumstances surrounding the preventable deaths of four U.S. soldiers in Niger last October. Continuer à lire … « Niger – America’s shadow war in Africa is dangerous and counterproductive »

Niger – In Niger, Where U.S. Troops Died, a Lawless and Shifting Landscape

DAKAR, Senegal — When United States forces set out on what was ultimately a deadly joint patrol with Nigerien soldiers this month, they were entering terrain crisscrossed by criminal elements and terrorist organizations in a dangerous, yet often forgotten, corner of the world.

The area in Niger, near the border with Mali, is known to host groups loyal to both Al Qaeda and the Islamic State and has long been used as a smuggling route for arms, drugs and people. Just over a week ago, gunmen killed 13 Nigerien soldiers in an attack on their base, not far from where the joint patrol was ambushed, the latest in dozens of assaults unleashed in the past two years. Continuer à lire … « Niger – In Niger, Where U.S. Troops Died, a Lawless and Shifting Landscape »