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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)

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.

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, …

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.

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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

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.

ADDS TRUMP'S RESPONSE TO REP. WILSON - In this Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, frame from video, Myeshia Johnson cries over the casket of her husband, Sgt. La David Johnson, who was killed in an ambush in Niger, upon his body's arrival in Miami. President Donald Trump told the widow that …

Questions Surround U.S. Involvement in Niger After Deadly Ambush

The killing of four U.S. soldiers in an ambush attack in Niger has both citizens and congressional representatives asking questions about the American military presence in that country. Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-AZ) went so far as accusing the Trump administration of being less than “up front” about the attack and hinting that his committee might launch an investigation.

In this image provided by the U.S. Air Force, a U.S. Army carry team transfers the remains of Army Staff Sgt. Dustin Wright of Lyons, Georgia, Oct. 5, 2017, upon arrival at Dover Air Force Base, Delware. Wright, 29, was one of four U.S. troops and four Niger forces killed …

Pentagon: Islamic States Kills 4 U.S. Troops, Wounds 2 in Niger

Suspected Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) jihadists have reportedly carried out a sort of drive-by shooting assault early this month in Niger, killing four American troops and injuring two others in an attack that marks the first American combat casualties in the country, reports the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD).

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.