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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