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US and European military operations in West Africa set the stage for broader war

The war being conducted in West Africa by the United States in partnership with its European counterparts France and Germany, which was exposed by the killing of four US special forces soldiers in Niger earlier this month, is setting the stage for a much broader war in the region. In June, France pr

WORLD SOCIALIST WEB SITE - 2017-10-20 05:00:00

Somalia: Pre-Famine Briefing Note, September 2017

Download PDF (300.19 KB) The humanitarian situation in Somalia continues to be precarious despite a slight reduction of the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance - from 6.7 million to 6.2 million. The recent FAO-managed FSNAU assessments show that the threat of localized famine is as r

RELIEFWEB.INT - 2017-10-20 08:20:00

Fallen Troops' Families Tell of Meeting Presidents: Sympathy and Sometimes Discomfort

WASHINGTON - People trying to express sympathy to the families of fallen troops say the wrong thing all the time. When Marine First Lt. Travis Manion was killed by sniper fire during the Iraq troop surge in 2007, one well-wisher told his family that it was "such a waste." Another called it a shame f

NEW YORK TIMES - 2017-10-19 00:21:00

Can Somalia Ever Win Against al-Shabab?

From the ashes of the country's deadliest terrorist attack, lasting peace seems a long way off. In the battle of wills for Somalia's future, the terrorist group al-Shabab struck a cruel and potentially lasting blow on Oct. 14. Not only did it kill more than 300 people in the largest terrorist attac

FOREIGN POLICY - 2017-10-19 14:11:07

Office supply glitch helped land Chad on Trump's travel ban

WASHINGTON -- This is the story of how an office supply glitch became a major irritant between the United States and one of its close security partners. When President Donald Trump added the African nation of Chad last month to his most recent installment of travel restrictions, everyone from the Pe

CBS NEWS - 2017-10-19 12:01:46

Donald Trump promised dad of murdered Afghanistan hero $25,000 but never sent cheque

The President's treatment of US military families is coming under increased scrutiny Donald Trump promised the dad of a soldier killed in Afghanistan he would personally send him $25,000 - but the cheque never arrived. Army Sergeant Dillon Baldridge, 22, was shot dead alongside two other American so

MIRROR - 2017-10-19 00:13:55

Will Christians in America Face More Persecution?

A New Jersey teacher was suspended for giving a student a Bible. A football coach was placed on leave for praying on the field. The Atlanta fire chief was fired for self-publishing a book defending Christian morality. A Marine was court-martialed for refusing to remove a Bible verse on her desk. A

CHRISTIANHEADLINES.COM - 2017-10-19 13:22:47

How Niger Is Kind of Like Benghazi

Tedeytan/flickrIt's always exciting to watch a partisan talking point emerge in real time. Take the tortured analogy between the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi and the ambush that just killed four American soldiers in Niger. As the talking point metastasizes on Twitter, it's already b

REASON.COM - 2017-10-19 18:20:00

What We Know About the Niger Attack That Left 4 U.S. Soldiers Dead

On Monday President Trump was asked why he had yet to comment publicly on the deaths of four U.S. service members in Niger. Trump's response set off one of the uglier incidents in an administration where controversy has become the norm. After Trump implied that his predecessors didn't do enough to c

NYMAG.COM - 2017-10-19 10:34:00

Trump's newest travel ban suffers same fate as others (Editorial)

Faith leaders stand with others at a demonstration in response to the blocking of a travel ban one day before it was set to take effect, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, in Seattle. On Tuesday a federal judge in Hawaii blocked President Donald Trump's latest travel ban, which was to take effect Wednesday.

MASSLIVE.COM - 2017-10-19 13:16:34

Pentagon investigating deaths of Special Forces troops in Niger

The Pentagon is launching an inquiry into the chain of events that led to the deaths of four Army Special Forces soldiers during a military adviser mission in Niger earlier this month. Defense Secretary James Mattis said the incident, in which Staff Sgts. Bryan Black, Jeremiah Johnson, Dustin Wright

WASHINGTON TIMES - 2017-10-19 23:53:47

Thousands in Somalia Demand Reform After Deadly Mogadishu Bombing

Image via Reuters/Abdi Sheikh. In the aftermath of a Oct. 14 truck bombing that killed over 300 people in Mogadishu, Somalia, thousands of people took to the capital's streets in response to mayor Thabit Abdi's call to unity, according to The Guardian. The massive crowd marched through the street

SOJOURNERS - 2017-10-19 18:34:35

International Food Aid and Food Assistance Programs and the Next Farm Bill

For more than 60 years, United States food aid programs have played a crucial role in saving and improving the lives of hundreds of millions of people around the world. With a record number of refugees and displaced persons, the need for continued US involvement and food aid leadership is stronger t

AEI - 2017-10-19 04:01:36

1,000s protest Somalia's deadliest attack, reportedly staged in revenge for govt & US joint raid

Thousands of protesters flooded the streets of Mogadishu in defiance of Saturday's blasts that claimed more than 300 lives. Somalia's deadliest attacks to date reportedly came in retaliation for a joint raid by the country's government and the US on a terrorist stronghold. Wednesday saw crowds of pr

MSN.COM - 2017-10-19 02:07:55

What we know and don't know about the deadly Niger attack

An investigation has been launched in an effort "to get all the facts correct" President Donald Trump has still not publicly stated an ISIS affliated group was responsible

CNN - 2017-10-19 03:46:34

Another Federal Judge Freezes Trump's Latest Travel Restrictions

Two federal judges recently halted the latest iteration of restrictions, which broadly suspend travel for most nationals from eight countries. ShareTweetEmailSMS Another federal judge blocked the Trump administration's latest travel restrictions - partially. U.S. District Judge Theodore Chuang ruled

NEWSY.COM - 2017-10-19 15:59:00

Questions Swirl After 4 U.S. Troops Die In Niger

The four American Green Berets who died in Niger. We'll look at the mission, and the uproar over President Trump's comments on their deaths. Two weeks ago, in a remote part of North Africa you probably never think about, in Niger, a dozen US troops were wrapping up a meeting with village leaders whe

WPSU.ORG - 2017-10-19 23:10:44

Questions grow over mysterious ambush in Niger

No one seems to know exactly what happened and lawmakers aren't pleased. In this March 7, 2015 file photo, Nigerian special forces and Chadian troops participate with US advisors in the Flintlock exercise in Mao, Chad. CREDIT: AP Photo/Jerome Delay, file With the White House under fire over its hand

THINK PROGRESS - 2017-10-19 15:36:47

Why US troops are in Niger

The back and forth about President Donald Trump's condolence calls to the families of four fallen American soldiers in Niger has raised questions about the U.S. military presence in the West African country. Here are some answers to questions you might have about the U.S. military presence in Niger,

YAHOO! - 2017-10-19 10:00:30

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 be

BREITBART - 2017-10-19 16:59:21