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Price of Child Brides Skyrockets to 300 Cows in South Sudan and Kenya

An extensive report published by Thomson Reuters Foundation on Wednesday finds that the price of a child bride in eastern Africa, particularly South Sudan and Kenya, has skyrocketed as families seek ways to avoid starvation and ensure their children have food and shelter.

Cattle herders lead cows and bulls down an unpaved road in Southern Sudan's main city Juba on January 11, 2011. Juba is preparing to become a capital city. AFP PHOTO/ROBERTO SCHMIDT (Photo credit should read ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)

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, …

Guardian: American Troops Fought Ambush Alone when Allies Fled

This article originally appeared at The Guardian: The US special forces detachment ambushed in the Niger last month fought alone for hours after the local Nigerien forces they were accompanying fled in the first minutes of the engagement, retired and serving special

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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.

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 …

Exclusive – Tancredo: ‘Rock Star’ Frederica Wilson Riding the Wave of Media’s Trump Derangement Syndrome

The line between real news and fake news is quickly blurred when the media decide to double down on the investment in an anti-Trump meme. Such is the case with the media’s investment in a Florida congresswoman’s attacks on President Trump for his call to the grieving widow of Army special forces Sgt. La David Johnson, who was killed October 4 in the west African nation of Niger.

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Dolphins Donate $30,000 to Scholarship Fund for Children of Army Sgt. La David Johnson

Earlier this month, four U.S. Special Forces members were killed in an ambush in Niger. The soldiers were part of a group conducting a search for a high-value target with terrorist affiliations. One of the soldiers killed in the ambush was Sergeant La David Johnson of Miami, who leaves behind two children with a third on the way.

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