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US Air Force airmen watch a C-130J Super Hercules taxi at Nigerien Air Base 201 in Agadez, Niger, August 3, 2019.

The Pentagon is thinking about closing a $110 million drone base it just opened to focus on Russia and China

The base in West Africa opened in November to conduct intelligence gathering and surveillance. But it may not last much longer.
An MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted drone aircraft performs aerial maneuvers over Creech Air Force Base, in Nevada, June 2015.

US Air Force drones in a new base in Niger are now locked and loaded against terrorist threats

Both US and Nigerien aircraft will use the base to launch armed and unarmed air assets against extremists operating in West and North Africa.

The countries with the youngest populations in the world

The world's population is aging, but these countries still have a disproportionately high percentage of young people.
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.
Green Berets make elevation adjustments to engage their target during an urban stress shoot on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, June 29, 2017.

US Special Forces troops killed 11 ISIS fighters in an undisclosed firefight in Niger

Though a military spokeswoman didn't say why the incident wasn't previously disclosed, a congressional aide said lawmakers were aware of the firefight.
Nigerien service members react to contact during an exercise in Diffa, Niger, March 3, 2017.

The US military is investigating images that allegedly show US soldiers targeted in Niger ambush

The Twitter account that posted the images said the images were obtained from an ISIS affiliate.
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.

Niger officials are disputing the US’s version of the mission in which 4 American soldiers died

ABC News also cited a source saying the leader of the US team expressed concern that a second team was unable to join the operation later in the day.