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  • Mali Nov 2, 2019

    Malian Government Says 54 Dead in Jihadist Attack on Army

    Jihadists attacked the Malian military near the border with Niger, leaving at least 53 soldiers and one civilian dead, in the second major assault against the country’s armed forces in a month, the government said Saturday. The latest violence to target Mali’s armed forces took place Friday in Indelimane, located in Mali’s volatile Menaka region. “Reinforcements have been sent to...

  • Captain Aug 6, 2019

    Military Alleges Sexual Misconduct in Soldier’s Hazing Death

    Military prosecutors in Virginia said Monday that they want to add allegations of sexual misconduct to their murder case against a U.S. Marine and a Navy SEAL who are among those blamed for the 2017 hazing death of a U.S. Green Beret in Africa. Navy prosecutor Benjamin Garcia made the request at a preliminary hearing at a military court in...

  • Captain May 17, 2019

    Navy SEAL Gets Year in Brig for Hazing Death of Green Beret

    A U.S. Navy SEAL was sentenced to one year in military prison on Thursday for his role in the 2017 hazing-related death of a U.S. Army Green Beret in Africa. Adam Matthews is the first of four U.S. service members to face military court proceedings as well as punishment for the strangulation death of Army Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar, a...

  • NBC News Nov 15, 2018

    2 Navy SEALs, 2 Marines Charged With Murdering Green Beret

    Two elite Navy SEALs and two Marine Raiders were charged with felony murder in the June 2017 strangulation death of U.S. Army Green Beret Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar, NBC News reports. The U.S. Navy brought the charges against the four service members on Tuesday, painting a gruesome picture of the effort to kill Melgar, 34. Read More

  • NBC News May 28, 2018

    French President Rewards Migrant Hero Who Saved Dangling Child

    President Emmanuel Macron on Monday lauded as a hero a migrant from Mali who scaled an apartment building to save a child dangling from a balcony, and rewarded the young man’s bravery with an offer of French citizenship and a job as a firefighter. “Bravo,” Macron said to 22-year-old Mamoudou Gassama during a meeting in a gilded room of the...

  • Suzanne Ciechalski Apr 11, 2018

    US Military Opens Annual Counterterrorism Training in Niger

    Six months after the deaths of U.S. soldiers in Niger led to questions about the military’s presence in the West African nation, the U.S. special operations command in Africa on Wednesday opened its annual Flintlock exercise there. The 10 days of counterterrorism training for special forces is meant to strengthen West African nations’ ability to combat the growing threat from...

  • ISIS Oct 25, 2017

    US Now Moving Toward Armed Drones, Lethal Force in Niger: Officials

    The Trump administration is paving the way for lethal strikes against terrorists in Niger as the U.S. military pushes forward with a plan to arm the Reaper drones that fly over that country, multiple U.S. officials told NBC News. France has already decided to arm its drones in the region, U.S. documents show, and the move to arm U.S. Reapers...

  • Donald Trump Oct 6, 2017

    4th US Soldier Dead After Attack in Niger: Officials

    U.S. officials say an American soldier missing for nearly two days in Niger has been found dead. He was one of four U.S. troops killed in a deadly ambush....
    His body was found and identified Friday after an extensive search. Four Niger security forces were also killed....
    U.S. officials say they believe extremists linked to the Islamic State group were responsible for...

  • Donald Trump Oct 4, 2017

    3 US Army Special Operations Commandos Killed in Niger

    U.S. officials said three U.S. Army special operations commandos were killed Wednesday and two others were wounded when they came under fire in southwest Niger. The officials said the two wounded were taken to Niamey, the capital, and are in stable condition. The officials were not authorized to discuss the incident publicly so spoke on condition of anonymity. The officials...

  • Mali Aug 14, 2017

    Gunmen Attack UN Base in Mali, Killing 7 People

    Unidentified gunmen attacked the headquarters of the U.N. peacekeeping force in the northern Mali city of Timbuktu on Monday, killing seven people and injuring seven others in what the U.N. peacekeeping chief called a “terrorist attack.” Earlier Monday, gunmen attacked two neighboring U.N. camps in Douentza in the Mopti region of central Mali, killing a Malian soldier and a U.N....

  • Captain Aug 14, 2017

    At Least 18 Killed in Attack on Restaurant in Burkina Faso

    Hours after suspected Islamic extremists opened fire as patrons dined at the popular restaurant where she worked as a waitress, Amy Sawadogo was still wandering around barefoot at a crisis center asking about her colleagues. “I just want to go to the hospital and see who is still alive,” the distraught young woman, who was still dressed in her uniform,...

  • Defense Minister Jun 18, 2017

    Deaths Confirmed as Gunmen Attack Mali Tourist Resort

    At least two people are dead after gunmen stormed a Western-friendly Mali resort located just outside the nation’s capital Bamako on Sunday evening, authorities said....
    One was identified as French-Gabonese, and the other’s nationality had not been confirmed, NBC News reported....
    Gunfire could be heard and smoke could be seen rising from Le Campement Kangaba in Dougourakoro, a luxury resort popular with...

  • ISIS Aug 2, 2016

    New Counterterrorism ‘Heat Map’ Shows ISIS Branches Spreading Worldwide

    As the U.S. launched more airstrikes Tuesday against ISIS targets in Libya — representing an expansion of the U.S. military operations beyond Iraq and Syria — NBC News exclusively obtained a map showing the global expansion of the terror group. The map is part of a classified briefing document received by the White House dated “August 2016” and prepared by...

  • The New York Times Mar 18, 2016

    UN a ‘Black Hole’ of Bureaucracy, Departing Official Says

    The United Nation’s “most grievous blunder” in recent years is its counterterrorism action in Mali, according to an unusually scathing goodbye note written by former head of field operations Anthony Banbury in the New York Times, NBC News reports. The U.N. sent 10,000 troops to the West African nation in 2013 to counter Islamist extremists, but Banbury says the force...

  • Twitter Jan 16, 2016

    Al Qaeda Claims Responsibility for Attack in Burkina Faso

    Thirty-three hostages, including a government official, were freed in Burkina Faso Saturday, hours after Islamist militants stormed a hotel in the nation’s capital, according to officials and witnesses, NBC News reported. Clement Sawadogo, Burkina Faso’s minister of public service, labour and social security, were among those freed and taken to a hospital, Remis Dandjinou, the country’s communications minister, said on...

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