Tension is rising among the top hierarchy of the Nigerian military as fears continue to spread of an imminent rebellion among the rank and file, writes Samson Folarin and Tobi Aworinde of The Sunday Punch Our correspondents, who spoke to four senior officers, including a Major General, learnt that many of the soldiers, especially those
A US military air raid against the al-Shabab group in Somalia - one of its deadliest in nearly a year - has killed about 60 fighters, according to US military officials. The air attack, which was launched on Friday, occurred near the al-Shabab-controlled community of Harardere in Mudug province in central Somalia, the US Africa Command (AFRICOM)
•The fight against Islamic State is moving to Africa •Violent Islamist groups are gaining strength in the Sahel. A report from Nigeria and Niger. THEIR hair tightly braided, two young girls sleep head-to-toe in matching pink dresses with gold trim—a sight to gladden the heart were it not for the startling white
By John Vandiver An Islamic State affiliate operating under the radar in western Africa now poses a more significant threat to the region than the notorious Boko Haram terrorist group, U.S. military officials say. The Islamic State West Africa, made up of former Boko Haram fighters, broke away from its parent group
The U.S. special operations troops that conduct some of the military’s most sensitive missions in Africa are under new leadership after Maj. Gen. Marcus Hicks took the helm Thursday of U.S. Africa Command’s elite forces. Hicks replaces Brig. Gen. Donald Bolduc, who will retire after a 32-year military career that took
Telephonic Press Briefing with Marine Corps. General Thomas D. Waldhauser, Commander of U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) Major General Lamidi Adeosun, Commander of the Lake Chad Basin Multi-National Task Force (MNJTF) and Lieutenant General Osman Noor Soubagleh, Commander of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) Stuttgart, Germany April 20, 2017 OPERATOR: Ladies and
The U.S. Africa Command wants to better coordinate the battle against Islamic extremists in Somalia by adding liaison officers from participating African nations to its headquarters here. “We could add them here or we could go there or both,” said AFRICOM’s Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, who is hosting some 40 African defense
Chadian soldiers with the Special Anti-Terrorism Group unload a Canadian C-130 in Faya, Chad, Feb.17, 2015, during that year's Flintlock exercises. The 2017 edition aims to coordinate responses by West African countries to extremist threats such as Boko Haram. (TIMOTHY CLEGG/U.S. ARMY) By John Vandiver STUTTGART, Germany — In one of U.S.