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Niger is a central hub for US counterterrorism ops in West Africa

Bill Roggio
24th October 2017 - Quoted by Shawn Snow - The Military Times

The deaths of four U.S. soldiers in Niger on Oct. 4 caused many Americans, including U.S. senators, to question why American troops are operating in the small West African nation. As details of the event begin to trickle in, a once shadowy mission is coming to light.

U.S. officials have described the operation in Niger as a train, advise and assist mission, not much different than U.S. operations in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan, where thousands of U.S. troops are training local forces to fight extremist forces.

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“The U.S. military mission in Niger should be classified as a low-key counterterrorism mission and not a train, advise, and assist mission,” said Bill Roggio, a senior fellow at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies and editor of FDD’s Long War Journal.

“With U.S. Special Forces patrolling with Niger forces, and an air base that is used to hunt terrorist groups in the region, this is much more than a training mission,” Roggio said.

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global-war-on-terror, long-war-journal, niger