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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.
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 world's population is aging, but these countries still have a disproportionately high percentage of young people.
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.
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.
Though a military spokeswoman didn't say why the incident wasn't previously disclosed, a congressional aide said lawmakers were aware of the firefight.
The Twitter account that posted the images said the images were obtained from an ISIS affiliate.
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.
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.
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.