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Islamic State Gains Foothold in Ebola-Stricken Congo

Islamic State jihadis have made inroads with Islamic terrorists in the Democratic Republic of Congo as the central African country reels from a worsening Ebola virus outbreak, which has already infected and killed hundreds.

Health workers burn medical waste generated during care of patients with Ebola virus, on August 21, 2018 in Mangina, near Beni, in the North Kivu province. - Sixty-one people have died in the latest outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the authorities said, adding that four …

Pentagon: ‘Systemic Issues’ and ‘Multiple Failures’ Led to Niger Ambush

The Pentagon on Thursday released its final report on the ambush in Niger that killed four U.S. troops on October 4, 2017. The report cited “systemic issues” including insufficient training and confusion about mission objectives, specifically the decision by the team to pursue a high-value Islamic State target without obtaining proper command approval.

Marine Gen. Thomas D. Waldhauser, commander, U.S. Africa Command, center, with Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs Robert S. Karem, left, and Army Maj. Gen. Roger L. Cloutier, right, chief of staff, U.S. Africa Command, and lead investigating officer, brief members of the media at the Pentagon, Thursday, …

Nigeria Claims to Foil Boko Haram Plot Against U.S. Embassy

The Africa-based jihadist groups Boko Haram and al-Shabaab have intensified their efforts against U.S. interests in response to increasing American military pressure against their operations approved by President Donald Trump.

Nigerien soldiers hold up a Boko Haram flag that they had seized in the recently retaken town of Damasak, Nigeria, March 18, 2015. Chadian and Nigerien soldiers took the town from Boko Haram militants earlier this week. The Nigerian army said on Tuesday it had repelled Boko... REUTERS/EMMANUEL BRAUN

South Sudan: U.S. Sends 47 Troops ‘Equipped for Combat’ Amid Chaos

The United States military in Africa has deployed 47 troops described by President Barack Obama as “equipped for combat” to protect American personnel and facilities in Juba, the capital of civil-war-ravaged South Sudan, the White House and U.S. Africa Command have announced.

The Associated Press