Category niger

Everything You Need To Know About The Weapons China Sells To Africa A pledge by officials to boost defence ties at a high-level security forum would come on top of a 55 per cent jump in five-year arms sales by China to Africa PUBLISHED : Sunday, 08 July, 2018, 10:32am UPDATED : Sunday, 08 July, 2018, 10:32am Lee Jeong-ho When defence officials from China and the […]

Military Cites Broad Failures In Deadly Niger Ambush, But Assigns No Direct Blame

Military Cites Broad Failures in Deadly Niger Ambush, but Assigns No Direct Blame The New York Times · by Helene Cooper, Thomas Gibbons-Neff and Eric Schmitt May 10, 2018·  WASHINGTON — A Defense Department investigation of a Special Forces mission in Niger released Thursday found widespread problems across all levels of the military operation, but concludes that […]

Leaders Of U.S. Soldiers Killed In Niger Filed Misleading Mission Plan, Say Officials

Leaders of U.S. soldiers killed in Niger filed misleading mission plan, say officials By Ken Dilanian, Courtney Kube, View Original May 8th, 2018 From left, Staff Sgt. Bryan C. Black, Staff Sgt. Jeremiah W. Johnson, Sgt. La David Johnson and Staff Sgt. Dustin M. Wright were killed in Niger when a joint patrol of American and Niger […]

Classified Report Slams Military Over October Deaths In Niger

Classified Report Slams Military Over October Deaths in Niger Culture of excessive risk is faulted in ill-fated mission against Islamists in West Africa A team of soldiers carried the transfer case of Staff Sgt. Dustin M. Wright at Dover Air Force Base, Del., on Oct. 5. He was killed in Niger the day before. PHOTO: LANE […]

A Shadowy War’s Newest Front: A Drone Base Rising From Saharan Dust

Excerpts: Later this summer, workers will lay five inches of asphalt atop the rock bed. In all, commanders say they will pave some 39 acres of airfield. While built mainly for the Reaper drones, the runway and adjoining taxiways and ramps must be able to handle much heavier C-17 cargo planes. Three huge hangars capped […]

Soldier In Bloody Niger Mission Had Warned Of Gaps, Defense Officials Say

Soldier in Bloody Niger Mission Had Warned of Gaps, Defense Officials Say By Eric Schmitt, Helene Cooper, Thomas Gibbons-neff, View Original March 19th, 2018 WASHINGTON — The leader of an ill-fated team of American soldiers in Niger last fall warned before the mission that his troops did not have the equipment or intelligence necessary to carry out a kill-or-capture raid […]

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

Excerpts: The Pentagon appears ready to scale back military operations in West Africa even further. A draft of the investigation, parts of which were described to The Times in February, called for the military to reduce the number of ground missions, and to strip commanders in the field of some authority to send troops on […]

Militants Release Propaganda Video Of Deadly Niger Ambush

Excerpts: “We don’t know exactly where we’re at in the world militarily and what we’re doing,” Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” after the attack. There are about 800 American troops in Niger.   AFRICOM, expected to wrap up its investigation in the coming weeks, condemned the video.   “The release […]

Threat Assessment #Fail: al-Qaeda Quietly Growing, By Design

Conclusion: A critical concern for the coming year is that terrorists could export battlefield tactics to populated urban centers far from war zones. Examples of this include ISIS’s use of drones for attacks and the potential for chemical weapons attacks. So when I look at the threat picture over the next year, I see one […]

Inside France’s Secret War Against Jihadists Of Mali

Inside France’s Secret War Against Jihadists Of Mali By Alidad Vassigh, View Original February 12th, 2018 BANDIAGARA — The Twin Otter plane flies full speed over the battlefield, though low enough to almost scrape the tops of acacia trees. At one point its wingtips seem dangerously close to smashing into the jagged cliffs. But there’s a reason […]