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Danger pay for US troops in Niger and other African nations


Washington – The Pentagon has approved danger pay for US troops serving in Niger, Mali and portions of Cameroon, nearly nine months after it was requested by the commander and five months after four American soldiers were killed in an ambush in Niger.

The memo signed Monday by Robert Wilkie, the undersecretary of defense, approves retroactive payments going back to last June 7. That is when the additional money was requested by General Thomas Waldhauser, head of US Africa Command.

Maj. Carla M. Gleason says such requests are evaluated independently, taking into account the combatant commander’s recommendation, the classified risk analysis and any other relevant information. She says it often takes time for the requests to be reviewed and either approved or rejected, but the retroactive pay…

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Troops in Niger and other African nations to get danger pay


WASHINGTON — The Pentagon this week approved danger pay for U.S. troops serving in Niger, Mali and portions of Cameroon, nearly nine months after it was requested by the commander and five months after four American soldiers were killed in an ambush in Niger.

The memo signed Monday by Robert Wilkie, the undersecretary of defence, approves retroactive payments going back to last June 7, which is when the additional money was requested by Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, head of U.S. Africa Command.

Maj. Carla M. Gleason said that such requests are evaluated independently, “taking into account the combatant commander’s recommendation, the classified risk analysis, and any other information deemed relevant.” She said it often takes time for the requests to be reviewed and either approved or…

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Troops in Niger and other African nations to get danger pay


The Pentagon this week approved danger pay for U.S. troops serving in Niger, Mali and portions of Cameroon, nearly nine months after it was requested by the commander and five months after four American soldiers were killed in an ambush in Niger.

The memo signed Monday by Robert Wilkie, the undersecretary of defense, approves retroactive payments going back to last June 7, which is when the additional money was requested by Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, head of U.S. Africa Command.

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Resettlement Program Suspended for African Refugees in Niger


The U.N. refugee agency says it has been forced to temporarily suspend an operation to resettle African refugees evacuated from Libya to Niger because too few countries have agreed to accept them.

In November, Niger agreed to accept, on a transit basis, Africans evacuated by the U.N. refugee agency from Libya for resettlement in third countries. The UNHCR says it has managed to evacuate 1,400 from Libya since December.

The African refugees had been held under terrible conditions in detention centers run by the Libyan government of national accord.

Vincent Cochetel, UNHCR’s special envoy for the Central Mediterranean Situation, says his organization would like to evacuate more people from Libya, but the government of Niger has suspended the operation because there are too few…

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4 US Troops Killed Helping Afraka Heighten its Security Consciousness

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Recently, it was revealed that Islamic militants in Niger, West Africa, had killed 4 elite US soldiers. US troops are killed in action all over the world on a regular basis, mostly by friendly fire and in covert operations that go wrong. While news of military casualties is often mentioned in the news, they are so common that most people barley notice.

This incident is different because it is getting major buzz due to controversies involving the president. I won’t dwell on the controversies here because that is not the purpose of this blog. The purpose of this blog is to point out the deficiency of Afrakans to manage security threats on the continent due to a lack of knowledge and unity.

Details about the incident revealed that the US soldiers were part of an intelligence force that had been operating in the region for years. Their work involves training local armies while gathering intel on the growing problem of Islamic extremism in the region. It was also revealed that private US military contractors were involved in recovering the body of one of the dead soldiers.

Do most people know what a “Private Contractor” is? They are former US soldiers who work for paramilitary corporations, some directly for military purposes in place of formal troops and some for private corporations who want to protect their financial interests. They have no accountability therefore thay operate with impunity.

Private Contractors have the ability to dictate the political and economic policies of countries by disrupting populations and creating fear and distrust among individuals within those societies. Using divide and conquer tactics to stoke tribal conflicts, they create conditions where the people cannot rise above a fight for survival to focus on profiting from the enormous value of the resource around them.

On a higher level foreign governments manipulate elections in Afraka using systems that ensure that Dictators stay in place. They know Dictators are easy to corrupt and will sell out their country’s resources to make themselves rich while the people suffer.

While US military expertise is useful, Afrakan countries must not let the US scare them into believing that they are the only solution to Islamic Terrorism. It’s time to step up and build a system that is better than the current world system. As is evident, the US is the “Police force” of the United Nations, whom they once manipulated into pursuing a “new world order”.

The US once embraced the title of world police because it covertly helped them to spread their economic empire. However, the US is currently locked in an internal struggle for identity. I call it “Pinky’s Betrayal”. It is a situation where low and working class America, who feel the big corporations have left them behind, has rebelled under the influence of a narcissistic leader.

So while the US is struggling with its conscience, Afrakans must work harder to build their self-awareness. Consciousness is a dynamic force that grows with knowledge to improve self-awareness. Afrakans must rise collectively to a level of self-awareness where we recognize the things that are beneficial as well as the things that are detrimental to the continent.

Such issues include managing Religious, Economics, Cultural, and Tribal disputes. All these things can easily digress into terrorism in the absence of knowledge, awareness, and conscience. Afraka must step up to fight terrorism or remain undignified pawns of world powers.