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ISIS releases video which appears to show the desperate final moments & deaths of four US soldiers in Niger ambush

ISIS has released a sickening video appearing to show their fighters ambushing and killing four US soldiers in Niger.

The 9 minute, 15 second video appears to be shot from multiple helmet cams on the US soldiers who died in on October 4 in Tongo Tongo, Niger in an ambush by 50 ISIS militants.

The video reveals heartbreaking details about the courageous last moments of the four soldiers, although it is edited with multiple cuts that make the full context of the firefight unclear.


Islamic State group offshoot claims 2017 Niger attack on US

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — An Islamic State group offshoot is claiming it carried out the October attack in Niger that killed four U.S. soldiers and four Nigerien troops and sparked questions about U.S. military involvement in West Africa’s vast Sahel region.

The Mauritanian Nouakchott News Agency reported Friday that Abu al-Walid al-Sahrawi with the self-professed IS affiliate claimed responsibility for the Oct. 4 ambush about 120 miles (200 kilometers) north of Niger’s capital, Niamey. The news agency has carried messages from the affiliate before, according to the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors jihadist websites.

The U.S. Africa Command has been investigating the attack, which also wounded two U.S. and eight Nigerien troops. A final report is expected to be released this month.


This is it: The total destruction of Europe has just been decided upon

It will now become much easier for ‘refugees’ from Africa to seek asylum in Europe, according to a new agreement between four western European countries and Chad and Niger. “Particularly vulnerable refugees” will now be able to apply for asylum in Europe directly in place in the African countries.


Muslims kill 4, burn church in Niger State’s “blasphemy” riot

Four persons have so far lost their lives while at least one house, a church and a shop have been burnt in a riot sparked by alleged posting of a blasphemous statement about Prophet Muhammad on the social media in Pandogari town, Niger State last Sunday, according to Nigerian military authorities.

In a statement released on Tuesday morning, the military announced imposition of curfew on the town to curb the raging violence in which it said has also led to looting of 25 shops.

Major N. C Agwu, Assistant Director Army Public Relations, in the statement released on Tuesday morning said the religious riot began at about 6 pm on Sunday when one Mr Methodus Chimaije Emmanuel, a 24 year old trader based in Pandogari, Rafi LGA of Niger State was attacked and killed by a mob in the town on allegation of posting a blasphemous statement about Prophet Muhammad on the social media.


Moderate Muslim Imam Blames Christians For Burning Their Own Churches

“Muslims did not take part in these attacks. Sure, there were many Muslims protesting the cartoons, but no one pushed them to attack churches. I’m sure if we arrested some of those involved in the church burnings you’d discover that in fact Christians were among those taking part in the violence!” Seydou said.

Pastor Zakaria Jadi, whose church and home were among those destroyed, says it is ludicrous to claim Christians were involved.

“The mob kept chanting over and over in Arabic ‘God is great!’ God is great’

h/t TROP


Niger – where women average nearly 7 kids in their lifetime – says 2.5 million are suffering food insecurity

Children in Niger. Source.

More than 2.5 million people in Niger are suffering from food insecurity because of a shortfall in the cereal harvest due to bad weather and crop pests, the agriculture minister said Saturday.

“A survey conducted since December 2014 indicated that 15.7 percent of the population, or 2,588,128 people, are in a situation of food insecurity, including 410,297 in severe insecurity,” Maidagi Allambeye told MPs.

The situation has been aggravated by the presence of some 200,000 refugees who had fled attacks by Boko Haram and other militants.

Food insecurity in the poor Sahel country, which is plagued by recurring food crises, is linked to a cereal deficit of more than 230,000 tonnes at the end of the 2014 crop year, he explained…

Total fertility rate in Niger = 6.89 according the CIA World Factbook. It is the highest in the world.  The country is largely Muslim (total population is about 17.5 million).


Niger: Muslims burn 68 churches

A church in Zinder, Niger is badly singed after angry protesters tried to burn it down, in the wake of Charlie Hebdo protests, January 2015. Source.

NIAMEY, Niger — At least 68 churches, two of which were Baptist, have been burned in the West African country of Niger.

Panlieba Tchalieni, president of the Union of Evangelical Baptist Churches of Niger, reported that the church burnings, carried out by Muslim extremist group Boko Haram, occurred in the Zinder region and Niamey.

“In terms of Baptist churches in Niger, we have two churches that are burned: the first evangelical church in Niger built in 1928 and another behind the Niger River built 15 years ago,” Tchalieni said.

Boko Haram, a Nigerian-based radical jihadist group that seeks to establish Sharia law, has extended its activities to other countries in West Africa, including Niger, where it has carried out recent attacks in the southeast…

Niger is 80% Muslims, according to the CIA World Factbook. The remaining 20% are described as “other (includes indigenous beliefs and Christian).”


Retreating Boko Haram leaves mass of throat-slit corpses near Nigerian town

Nigerien soldiers hold up a Boko Haram flag that they had seized in the recently retaken town of Damasak, Nigeria, March 18, 2015. REUTERS/Emmanuel Braun

(Reuters) – Soldiers from Niger and Chad who liberated the Nigerian town of Damasak from Boko Haram militants have discovered the bodies of at least 70 people, many with their throats slit, scattered under a bridge, a Reuters witness said.

In what appeared to be an execution site for the Islamist group, the bodies were strewn beneath the concrete bridge on one of the main roads leading out of the town. At least one had its head completely severed.

The bodies were partially mummified by the dry desert air, suggesting that the killings had taken place some time ago.

Boko Haram has killed thousands of people in a six-year insurgency aimed at establishing an Islamic caliphate in northeast Nigeria. Damasak was seized by the Islamist group in November but recaptured by troops from Niger and Chad on Saturday as part of a multinational effort to wipe out the militants.

Chadian soldiers, who said the bodies were discovered on Thursday, spoke of at least 100 corpses in the area around the dry river bed. A Reuters witness was able to count at least 70…


Multiple bombs kill 8 in northeast Nigerian town

A still from a video released by the Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram Photo: AFP/Getty Images

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria, Feb 17 (Reuters) – At least three bomb explosions killed eight people at a military checkpoint in the northeast Nigerian town of Biu on Tuesday, witnesses and a hospital source said.

The military fired back on the attackers and killed 17 insurgents, a security source told Reuters.

Witness Auwalu Ibrahim, a local pro-government vigilante, said there were children around the checkpoint when the blasts went off. “Everyone has been told to go home due to apprehension about the blasts,” he said.

Biu has been repeatedly attacked by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram and the use of multiple bombs planned to go off in quick succession is a trademark tactic of the jihadists…

More: Explosions, gunfire hit opposition rally in southern Nigeria

Policeman dies from blast at southern Nigeria rally

Related: Thousands march to support Niger army after Boko Haram attacks

Cameroon army kills 86 Boko Haram militants

Boko Haram Issues New Threat Against Niger, Chad

U.S. army to provide equipment, intelligence to fight Boko Haram


Boko Haram taunting victims with stories of abducted Chibok girls

In this photo taken Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015. Dorcas Aiden, 20 years old, speaks to a journalist in Yola, Nigeria. (AP Photo/Lekan Oyekanmi)

YOLA, Nigeria – When Islamic extremists snatched more than 270 girls from the Chibok boarding school in Nigeria in the dead of night, protests broke out worldwide. The U.S. pledged to help find them, and the .BringBackOurGirls hashtag was born.

Some 10 months later, most are still missing. The Boko Haram extremist group sees the mass kidnapping as a shining symbol of success, and has abducted hundreds of other girls, boys and women. The militants brag to their new captives about the surrender of the Chibok girls, their conversion to Islam and their marriage to fighters.

“They told me the Chibok girls have a new life where they learn to fight,” says Abigail John, 15, who was held by Boko Haram for more than four weeks before escaping. “They said we should be like them and accept Islam.”

The kidnappings reflect the growing ambition and brazenness of Boko Haram, which seeks to impose an Islamic state across Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country. Some 10,000 people have died in the Islamic uprising over the past year, compared to 2,000 in the previous four years, according to the U.S. Council on Foreign Relations.

“It’s devastating,” said Bukky Shonibare, an activist in Abuja, of the kidnappings. “It makes you wonder, what is being done?”…

More on Boko Haram: Boko Haram militants attack Chad troops in Nigerian town

Two female suicide bombers strike in Niger town Diffa: sources


Boko Haram threat looms in Sahel, Maghreb

It is a “disgrace” for Nigeria that its neighbors have been more successful in battle against its Boko Haram insurgency than its own army, opposition presidential candidate Muhammadu Buhari (pictured) said in an interview a week before the election. Troops from neighboring Chad, Niger and Cameroon, all much smaller and poorer than Nigeria, have been battling the Islamist militants who have seized territory in northeastern Nigeria in a five-year insurgency. See story from Reuters.

As Maghreb and Sahel countries face deteriorating security due to the situation in Libya, another danger is looming: the militant Islamist movement Boko Haram.

Although relatively distant geographically from North Africa, Boko Haram has links to the terrorist groups that threaten the security of Maghreb and Sahel countries more directly. Those countries need more vigilance in anticipation of the risks Boko Haram poses.

The group has begun slipping across the borders of Nigeria and is a threat to Niger and Chad, and perhaps eventually Mali, Mauritania and Algeria.

Cameroon has already been attacked. Niger is set to send troops to Nigeria after Boko Haram slaughtered scores of people in Fotokol, a key border town in Cameroon on Wednesday (February 4th), AFP reported.

The brutal onslaught came a day after Chadian troops captured the Nigerian town of Gamboru, also located near the border with Cameroon. Chad’s army said it killed more than 200 Boko Haram fighters.

Just days earlier, African Union leaders agreed to send a 7,500-member regional force to fight the group…

And there’s more: Nigeria Postponing Feb. 14 Vote Amid Boko Haram Violence

Nigeria’s Boko Haram has up to 6,000 hardcore militants: U.S. officials

I wonder how much the collapse of authority in Libya — full of arms and weaponry — contributed to the sudden success of Boko Haram. They have been around for a while, but they situation is now getting out of control. Who is financing them?



Charlie Hebdo: ‘Four dead’ in Niger outbreak of cartoonphobia, protests also underway in Algeria

Protests against the magazine have taken place across the Muslim world, including Sudan (pictured)

(Reuters) – Demonstrators in Niger attacked the French cultural center, set fire to churches and raided Christian shops on Friday, as protests erupted against Charlie Hebdo’s cartoons in several Muslim West African countries.

Staff of the satirical French weekly, which had angered Muslims by publishing images of the Prophet Mohammad, were shot dead by Islamist gunmen in Paris last week.

SENEGAL-FRANCE-ATTACKS-CHARLIE-HEBDO-DEMOThere were also demonstrations in Senegal Photo: SEYLLOU/AFP

Police in Niger’s southern city of Zinder, the second largest in Niger, fired tear gas at a crowd of hundreds of people who burned French flags and tires in the streets on Friday.

“The protesters are crying out in local Hausa language: Charlie is Satan – let hell engulf those supporting Charlie,” said Aboubacar Mamane, a shopkeeper, by telephone.

Witnesses said the demonstrators ransacked the French cultural center and the homes of police officers.

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Libya going south: Jihadists launch multiple suicide bombings, plus more news

unnamed-3The logo of Benghazi Revolutionaries Shura Council

The Benghazi Revolutionaries Shura Council has taken responsibility for a series of suicide bombings in and around the restive city of Benghazi yesterday that targeted forces loyal to former Libyan general Khalifa Haftar. The attacks killed dozens of Libyan soldiers at the Benina International Airport and four more in a separate attack on a checkpoint in Qubah, east of Benghazi.

Al Arabiya reported that “two cars loaded with explosives targeted a military checkpoint near Benina International Airport in Benghazi.” According to Al Jazeera, the airport houses “heavy weaponry” which the militants are fighting to obtain. Al Jazeera also claims that up to “four separate suicide attacks targeted the Benina air base.” Following the suicide bombings, heavy clashes occurred near the airport, with government airstrikes allegedly being used in defense.

This attack came hours after the Benghazi Revolutionaries Shura Council rejected a government plan for peace talks to end the violence in Libya…

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