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Niger ambush probe to last until at least January: Pentagon
by Staff Writers
Washington (AFP) Nov 9, 2017


An investigation into an ambush that resulted in the deaths of four US soldiers in Niger early October will not conclude until at least January 2018, the Pentagon announced Wednesday.

The families of the four soldiers "were informed that the United States Africa Command (AFRICOM)'s investigation team will travel to locations in the U.S., Africa and Europe to gather information related to the investigation," the Department of Defense said in a statement.

They were also told the probe is expected to be completed in January 2018 -- but they will be informed if officials find they need extra time.

The investigation will be led by Major General Roger Cloutier, AFRICOM's chief of staff.

The ambush occurred on October 4 as unit of 12 American special forces soldiers and 30 Nigerien troops returned from a village called Tongo Tongo near the border with Mali, according to General Joe Dunford, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

They were attacked by a group of some 50 fighters affiliated with the Islamic State group and equipped with small arms, grenades and trucks mounted with guns.

Four American soldiers were killed along with at least five Nigerien troops. The Pentagon has remained tight-lipped in the face of speculation about the circumstances surrounding the ambush and the nature of the mission in Niger.

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Deadly heat from climate change may hit slums hardest
Miami (AFP) Nov 6, 2017
With sheet metal roofs, concrete floors, poor ventilation and spotty electricity, crowded urban slums in Africa can expect to get even hotter and deadlier due to global warming, US researchers said Monday. Scientists at Johns Hopkins University analyzed three informal settlements in Nairobi, including the largest, Kibera, home to nearly a million people. Along the settlements' narrow all ... read more

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