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National Liberation Army (ELN) soldiers standing in formation in Arauca province, Colombia, in 2002.

These are the world’s 20 most dangerous countries, and photos showing what life is like there

Countries were ranked on prevalence of terrorism, homicide, organized crime and unreliable or corrupt police forces by the World Economic Forum.
A French soldier from Operation Barkhane rides in an armored vehicle in Mali

Airstrike kills terrorist leader tied to deadly 2017 ambush on US troops in Niger

A French airstrike on a terrorist camp in Mali killed a member of the senior leadership of the Islamic State affiliate in West Africa that killed four Green Berets in a deadly ambush in Niger last year, according to reports from the French military.
A cityscape of Dakar is seen from the top of African Renaissance hill, Senegal December 19, 2016.

RANKED: The 28 poorest countries in the world — where people live on less than $1,000 per year

African and Middle Eastern countries ravaged by war and famine remain the poorest in the world, according to data published by the International Monetary Fund.
The US Embassy in Bamako, Mali.

Witness reportedly claims Navy SEAL said he ‘choked out’ Green Beret, may have used duct tape in killing

A witness reportedly told officials that at least two Navy SEALs felt slighted by the Green Beret and planned on getting back at him.
Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar was killed June 4 in Bamako, Mali.

Green Beret killed by strangulation reportedly turned down illegal money from Navy SEALs

The death of a Green Beret is under scrutiny after reports say he may have been killed by two Navy SEALs, after he declined to accept illicit money.
Syrian Democratic Forces fighters ride military vehicles as they celebrate victory in Raqqa.

ISIS is losing its grip in Iraq and Syria, but here are 9 places where it’s still a threat

Even as ISIS' territorial control erodes in Iraq and Syria, ISIS-linked militants and fighters inspired by the group remain a threat around the world.
US Army Green Berets make elevation adjustments during an urban stress-shoot on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.

‘This was sophisticated’: US official says troops saw warning signs before Niger ambush

Officials say the ambush in Niger was partly attributable to a "massive intelligence failure," and they are investigating whether soldiers were lured into it.
A US Army Special Forces Operational Detachment Alpha team, along with their Nigerien counterparts from the 1st Expeditionary Forces of Niger, conduct advanced nighttime marksmanship training at a Nigerien Army range, Sept. 11, 2017.

3 US Special Forces troops killed, 2 wounded in ambush in Niger

Three US Army Special Forces troops were reportedly killed while conducting a patrol with Nigerien troops in southwest Niger on Wednesday.

At least one American is among the more than 2 dozen people killed in a Mali hotel attack

The raid targeted the Radisson Blu hotel, in a neighborhood that is home to government ministries and diplomats.