Niger Soldiers Killed in Ambush Near Mali Border: Officials

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A diplomatic source in Niger confirmed the ambush, saying that the attackers had come from Mali and had killed and injured several soldiers. Neither source could comment on whether any U.S. troops, who are stationed in the West African country at Agadez, had been killed.


US, Niger Teams Visit Site to Learn About Soldiers' Ambush

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The U.S. Africa Command says it has sent a joint team with the Niger military to the village of Tongo Tongo to investigate the Oct. 4 attack by extremists that left four American and four Nigerien soldiers dead.


Pentagon Says Fourth U.S. Soldier Killed in Niger Ambush

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Islamist militants form part of a regional insurgency in the poor, sparsely populated deserts of West Africa's Sahel. Jihadists have stepped up attacks on U.N. peacekeepers, Malian soldiers and civilian targets since being driven back in northern Mali by a French-led military intervention in 2013.


Report: US Soldier Fought to End After Ambush in Niger

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A military investigation has concluded that Army Sgt. La David T. Johnson died in a hail of gunfire, hit as many as 18 times as he took cover in thick brush during an October ambush in Niger. He fought to the end after fleeing militants who had just killed three comrades.


Militants Kill 15 Niger Soldiers in Patrol Ambush

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NIAMEY (Reuters) - Militants ambushed an army patrol in Niger on Thursday, killing 15 soldiers and wounding 19, the Defense Ministry said, occurring in an area near the border with Mali where violent Islamists have been seeking to expand their reach.