Subscribe to our free daily newsletters
  Earth Science News  




Subscribe to our free daily newsletters



AFRICA NEWS
Three US Green Berets killed in Niger
By Boureima HAMA, with Paul HANDLEY in Washington
Niamey (AFP) Oct 5, 2017


Three US Green Berets and four Nigerien soldiers were killed in a clash on the Niger-Mali border, where Islamic State fighters have established a presence, officials said Thursday.

A joint US-Niger patrol fell into an ambush on Wednesday in the Tillaberi region in the country's southwest, requiring French Mirage 2000 fighter jets to be called in for air support.

Niger's President Mahamadou Issoufou said there were many casualties in the battle, and US Africa Command said two more Special Forces troops were wounded.

The fatal "ambush" also wounded eight Nigerien troops, a statement from Niger's defence ministry said.

Another person from an unnamed country was also killed, according to the Pentagon statement.

"Our country has just been attacked once more by terrorist groups, an assault which sadly has resulted in a large number of casualties," Issoufou said in the capital Niamey.

A French military spokesman said French helicopters had evacuated wounded from the scene and added that the fighting was continuing.

"The Nigerien operation is still ongoing, from what I know," said French Colonel Patrik Steiger.

"It is in the area of the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara," he said, using the name of the jihadist group's regional franchise.

The Pentagon said the clash took place approximately 200 kilometers (120 miles) north of Niamey. That puts the attack near the border with Mali, where armed jihadists are known to operate.

The two wounded US soldiers were evacuated to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany where they are in "stable condition," US Africa Command said.

The report confirmed the little-known presence of US troops in the turbulent area, part of the poor and politically fragile Sahel region where jihadist groups are mounting an insurgency.

US troops have increased their presence in Niger in recent years but this appeared to be their first firefight, Lieutenant General Kenneth McKenzie, Joint Staff Director, told reporters in Washington.

"I'm not aware there's been any incident of that nature in the recent past," he said.

"I don't know that they were ambushed," McKenzie said. "There was an engagement. I think we're still gathering information on that."

McKenzie did not give troop numbers but said US forces are there to "train, advise, assist" Niger's government to increase its capability to stand alone against violent extremists.

The US casualties will not alter that goal, he said.

"We're committed to that relationship. We believe that they are as well. In fact I think it's a very good success story."

France's Steiger said French fighter jets were sent to the scene as a show of force, but did not drop any munitions to avoid hitting the forces on the ground.

Under the name Operation Barkhane, France maintains a 4,000-man mission in the region to shore up fragile Sahel countries against jihadists who have carried out a wave of bloody bombings, shootings and kidnappings.

- Extremist rebels -

Western militaries have been actively supporting Niger forces in their effort to prevent jihadist groups in the Sahel from establishing a strong presence in the country.

In February and March, troops from the United States, Belgium, Australia and Canada, including US Special Forces, conducted a 17-day training operation with Nigerien troops focused on fighting extremist insurgents.

Issoufou did not put a number on how many Nigerien casualties there were in the clash but called for a minute's silence "to the memory of our soldiers who have fallen on the field of honour."

At the United Nations, Mali's Foreign Minister Abdoulaye Diop told a Security Council meeting on the situation in Mali that the attack on the border highlighted the need for the new Sahel force tasked with fighting Islamic militants to quickly begin its operations.

"The violent and deadly clashes that occurred yesterday on the Niger-Mali border remind us once again of the pressing need to proceed to the rapid operationalisation of the G5 Sahel force," Diop told the council.

The regional force must be "rendered operational as quickly as possible in order to ensure it can withstand those who are seeking to destablise our entire region: terrorists and armed groups."

The force set up by Burkina Faso, Mali, Chad, Mauritania and Niger is due to being operations later this month, but a question mark remains over its funding.

burs-it/dc

AFRICA NEWS
Ghanaian villagers profit from monkey business
Tafi Atome, Ghana (AFP) Sept 27, 2017
The villagers of Tafi Atome, in Ghana's Volta Region, grew up listening to tales of their spiritual links to the 1,000 or so mona monkeys that inhabit the surrounding lush forest. But they have also turned that reverence into revenue, by making the cheeky primates part of an eco-tourist attraction that benefits both animals and locals alike. Francis Acquaye, the manager of the Tafi Atome ... read more

Related Links
Africa News - Resources, Health, Food


Thanks for being here;
We need your help. The SpaceDaily news network continues to grow but revenues have never been harder to maintain.

With the rise of Ad Blockers, and Facebook - our traditional revenue sources via quality network advertising continues to decline. And unlike so many other news sites, we don't have a paywall - with those annoying usernames and passwords.

Our news coverage takes time and effort to publish 365 days a year.

If you find our news sites informative and useful then please consider becoming a regular supporter or for now make a one off contribution.

SpaceDaily Contributor
$5 Billed Once


credit card or paypal
SpaceDaily Monthly Supporter
$5 Billed Monthly


paypal only

Comment using your Disqus, Facebook, Google or Twitter login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle

AFRICA NEWS
Artificial light device boosts cows' milk yields by 9 percent

Win-win strategies for climate and food security

EU battle heats up over controversial weedkiller

Land grabs cause lingering SE Asia conflicts: report

AFRICA NEWS
Big rainy season leaves dozens dead in Central America

Lockheed Martin to invest in Submaran S10 submersible drone

A sustainable future powered by sea

Getting the measure of mud

AFRICA NEWS
Auditor slams Canada on lack of climate actions

Drought not dingos behind mainland Australia tiger extinction: study

Cost of climate disasters to reach half of US growth in a decade: report

Science denial not limited to political right

AFRICA NEWS
Saudi Arabia opens bid for 'utility scale' solar project

DOE should take steps toward facilitating energy development on its public lands

Researchers set time limit for ultrafast perovskite solar cells

'New era' in solar energy fuelling growth in renewables: IEA

AFRICA NEWS
Olive mill wastewater transformed: From pollutant to bio-fertilizer, biofuel

Bioreactors on a chip renew promises for algal biofuels

Algae with light switch

With extra sugar, leaves get fat too

AFRICA NEWS
Trump to request $29 bln for storm-hit Puerto Rico

Trump tells Puerto Rico to be 'proud' of low storm toll

MIT engineers attempt to predict extreme events

Radioactive cesium leajing into ocean 60 miles from Fukushima

AFRICA NEWS
Oil prices inch lower and move into wait-and-see mode

Exports could add a layer to OPEC, non-OPEC accountability

Western states to roll out EV highway initiative

Iraq to rehab oil in liberated northern province

AFRICA NEWS
Chinese manufacturing accelerates for second straight month

$37.7 million bowl sets Chinese ceramic auction record

EU targets China with tough rules on cheap imports

Macau casino scion rolls dice on Japan venture




Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News






The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2017 - Space Media Network. All websites are published in Australia and are solely subject to Australian law and governed by Fair Use principals for news reporting and research purposes. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA news reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. All articles labeled "by Staff Writers" include reports supplied to Space Media Network by industry news wires, PR agencies, corporate press officers and the like. Such articles are individually curated and edited by Space Media Network staff on the basis of the report's information value to our industry and professional readership. Advertising does not imply endorsement, agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement