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U.S. Forces in Niger Were Denied Armed Drone

October 28, 2017
Nancy Youssef, Julian E. Barnes,, Ben Kesling | The Wall Street Journal
U.S. military officials sought permission to send an armed drone near a patrol of Green Berets before a deadly ambush Oct. 4 in Niger, but the request was blocked, raising questions about whether those forces had adequate protection against the dangers of their mission.
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Pentagon acknowledges a second team was on the ground in Niger

October 27, 2017
Margaret Brennan | CBS News
Details of the ambush in Niger are slowly emerging more than three weeks after four U.S. soldiers were killed. The Americans were part of a larger group looking for an Islamic militant, but his fighters found them first.
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A Sergeant’s Last Mission: Soldiering, Barbering and Missing His Family at Home

October 25, 2017
Yamiche Alcindor, Dave Philipps | The New York Times
The bitter back and forth is a marked contrast to his life, which family, friends and fellow soldiers say was characterized by kindness and an optimism that allowed him to rise above a tough upbringing, when so much around him seemed set on keeping him down.
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U.S. Considering Increasing Tempo of Operations in Africa, Senator Says

October 21, 2017
Nancy Youssef, Ben Kesling | The Wall Street Journal
The Pentagon’s top official is considering ways to increase the tempo of U.S. operations in Africa in the wake of a deadly Oct. 4 ambush in Niger by militants affiliated with the Islamic State extremist group, a Republican senator said Friday.
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Obama Weighs In on Kenyan Election, Urging Calm

August 8, 2017
Peter Baker | The New York Times
Former President Barack Obama, emerging from partial seclusion more than six months after leaving office, weighed in on Monday about the tense political situation — not in the United States, but in his father’s home country, Kenya.
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World leaders depart Paris, leaving negotiators to hash out climate accord

December 2, 2015
At the Paris climate conference -- where one sticking point is finding money to help poor countries adapt -- President Obama met with leaders of Pacific island nations whose very existence is threatened by rising sea levels. French President Francois Hollande meanwhile talked with African leaders about the climate threats they face. Gwen Ifill reports.
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