UNSPECIFIED, UNSPECIFIED - JANUARY 07: A U.S. Air Force MQ-1B Predator unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), carrying a Hellfire missile lands at a secret air base after flying a mission in the Persian Gulf region on January 7, 2016. The U.S. military and coalition forces use the base, located in an …

Niger Wants U.S. to Send Armed Drones After Islamist Militants

A month after an ambush by militants aligned with the Islamic State killed four American special forces operators and at least four Nigerien troops, Niger has asked the United States to deploy armed drones to hunt down jihadis along the border with Mali.

Three US soldiers and one from another nation were killed when a joint US-Niger patrol was ambushed near the border with Mali in southwest Niger, the Pentagon confirmed

Three Green Berets Killed, Two Wounded in Niger Ambush

A joint U.S.-Nigerian patrol came under attack near the border with Mali on Wednesday, resulting in the death of three American Green Berets and one other soldier from an unspecified “partner nation.” Two other U.S. soldiers were wounded in the attack.

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Macron Calls for Countries’ to do More in Fight Against Extremism

GAO, Mali (AP) — On his first official trip outside Europe, new French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday highlighted his determination to crush extremism but said “other countries can do more” to help protect Europe from the threat. He was visiting France’s largest overseas military operation, which is combating jihadist groups in West Africa.

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Germany Tests Israeli-Made Heron Drone In Mali

TEL AVIV – After signing an $100,000 deal with Israel, Germany carried out its first successful mission last week in Mali using the Israeli-made Heron 1 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).

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Hotel Recaptured from Al-Qaeda in Burkina Faso; at Least 28 Dead

The Saharan nation of Burkina Faso was the scene of the latest terrorist hostage crisis, as al-Qaeda fighters staged a hotel raid similar to the November attack in Mali. This time, the death toll included 28 people from 18 different countries, plus 50 civilians wounded, and 156 hostages freed.

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Radical Islam in Mali and Greater Africa: The Threats Facing the West Today

The terrorist attack on the Radisson Blu Hotel in Bamako, Mali (a former French colony) offers another grim reminder to those in the West of the wide and lethal reach of practitioners of radical Islamic extremism, notwithstanding recent claims to the contrary of U.S. President Barack Obama and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

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Israeli Killed In Terror Attack On Hotel In Mali’s Capital

An Israeli man was among the 20 people murdered in a terror attack at the Radisson Blu hotel in Mali’s capital of Bamako on Friday, the Foreign Ministry confirmed on Saturday. He was identified as Samuel Benalal, 58, from Tzur