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A French soldier involved in the regional anti-insurgent Operation Barkhane stands guard next to a Reaper drone at the French military air base in Niamey, Niger, on March 14, 2016. (Pascal Guyot/AFP/Getty Images)

Shadowy U.S. Drone War in Africa Set to Expand

Deployment of armed drones in Niger coincides with a new U.S. plan to withdraw some troops.

Chadian soldiers patrol in the Nigerian border town of Gamboru on Feb. 4, 2015. (Stephane Yas/AFP/Getty Images)

America Should Beware a Chadian Military Scorned

Stung by its inclusion on the Trump administration’s travel ban, Chad is already making life harder for U.S. troops in Africa.

U.S. Air Force's 82nd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron operating in Africa. U.S. Army photo.

Niger Ambush Highlights Growing U.S. Military Involvement in Africa

As American drone bases sprout up across the continent, special operations forces push out.

TOPSHOT - A woman and a young girl young child suffering from severe malnutrition sleep on a bed in the ICU ward at the In-Patient Therapeutic Feeding Centre in the Gwangwe district of Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State, northeastern Nigeria, on September 17, 2016. 
Aid agencies have long warned about the risk of food shortages in northeast Nigeria because of the conflict, which has killed at least 20,000 since 2009 and left more than 2.6 million homeless. In July, the United Nations said nearly 250,000 children under five could suffer from severe acute malnutrition this year in Borno state alone and one in five -- some 50,000 -- could die. But despite the huge numbers involved, the situation has received little attention compared with other humanitarian crises around the world -- even within Nigeria. / AFP / STEFAN HEUNIS        (Photo credit should read STEFAN HEUNIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Get Ready for Another Famine-Fueled Migrant Crisis – In Nigeria

The world’s seventh most populous country is about to run out of food, as aid agencies face cuts.

Girls rescued by Nigerian soldiers from Islamist militants Boko Haram at Sambisa Forest line up to collect donated clothes at the Malkohi refugee camp in Yola on May 5, 2015. They were among a group of 275 people rescued by the Nigerian military last week and arrived at the camp on May 2. The Nigerian military said it has rescued some 700 women and children in the past weeks. AFP PHOTO / EMMANUEL AREWA        (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL AREWA/AFP/Getty Images)

Boko Haram Has Forced 117 Children to Act As Suicide Bombers

A new UNICEF report details how the terrorist group relies on children to do its dirty work.

LAGOS, Feb. 18-- Photo taken on Feb. 16, 2016 show the camp of Boko Haram terrorists in Gulumba area of northeast Borno State, Nigeria.  Nigerian troops discovered and destroyed Boko Haram terrorists camp on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2016, The troops also rescued 195 persons held as hostages and quite a number of Boko Haram terrorists were killed.  (Xinhua/Pool/Olawale Salau via Getty Images)

The Jihadi Too Violent for ISIS

Abubakar Shekau’s bloodthirst helped make him the leader of Boko Haram — until the Islamic State decided to drop him for a friendlier face.

BORNO, NIGERIA - MARCH 29: Nigerian soldiers are seen after an operation against Boko Haram terrorists at a terrorist camp in Borno, Nigeria on March 29, 2016. (Photo by Stringer/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Nigerian Army Chief Faces Death Threats from Boko Haram, But Says He Already Beat Them

In an exclusive interview on the outskirts of Washington, D.C., Nigeria's military chief defended his military's human rights record.

Halima Aboubacar, 25, cradles Aboubacar outside their hut in the informal IDP camp, Muna on the outskirts of Maiduguri, Nigeria. Suffering from the effects of severe malnourishment and dehydration, Aboubacar's joints have become locked.

It Takes a Village to Kill a Child

The death of a 1-year-old Nigerian toddler had many authors — Boko Haram’s viciousness, his own government’s negligence, and starvation’s relentlessness.

Soldiers of the Chadian army guard on January 21, 2015, at the border between Nigeria and Cameroon, some 40 km from Maltam, as part of a military contingent against the armed Islamist group Boko Haram. Chad, seen as having the most capable military in the region, sent on January 17-18, 2015 a convoy of troops and 400 military vehicles into neighbouring Cameroon to battle Boko Haram. AFP PHOTO / ALI KAYA        (Photo credit should read ALI KAYA/AFP/Getty Images)

Boko Haram’s Buyer’s Remorse

Could the deadliest jihadi group on Earth be about to scrap its alliance with the Islamic State in favor of al Qaeda?

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Turkey: U.S. Troops Should Wear ISIS and Boko Haram Flags on Their Uniforms

Turkey's foreign minister slammed American troops' decision to wear YPG insignia, saying they should wear the Islamic State next.

A poster displayed along the road shows photograph of Imam Abubakar Shekau, leader of the militant Islamist group Boko Haram, declared wanted by the Nigerian military with $320,471 reward for information that could lead to his capture in northeastern Nigeria town of Maiduguri May 1, 2013. Abubakar Shekau, leader of Islamist sect that has killed about 4,000 people since 2009 when it began its campaign of terror is Nigeria's most wanted man, who has been designated a terrorist by the US government. President Goodluck Jonathan has approved the constitution of a Presidential Committee to constructively engage key members of Boko Haram and define a comprehensive and workable framework for resolving the crisis of insecurity in the country. AFP PHOTO/PIUS UTOMI EKPEI        (Photo credit should read PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/Getty Images)

Boko Haram’s Terrorist Behind the Curtain

Meet the man who transformed an obscure proselytizing group into the deadliest terrorist organization on earth.

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 03:  United States Ambassador to the United Nations (U.N.) Samantha Power holds a press conference on September 3, 2014 in New York City. Power answered questions on foreign extremist Islamist fighters joining ISIS in Syria and Iraq and the most recent Israeli-Palestinian peace deal, amongst other topics.  (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Headed to Meet Displaced People, Samantha Power’s Convoy Strikes and Kills Cameroonian Child

The American ambassador to the United Nations was traveling in a convoy that struck and killed a child in Cameroon on Monday.


The ‘Wives’ of Boko Haram

Taken from their homes by Boko Haram fighters, these Nigerian women were held captive for months — some even longer. They escaped. But going home is another matter.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari (R) and South African President Jacob Zuma arrive for a joint sitting of the National Assembly in Abuja on March 8, 2016.
South Africa's President Jacob Zuma began a two-day state visit to Nigeria on March 8, which observers see as an attempt to mend fences between the continent's largest economic powers. Pretoria is putting a positive spin on the visit, talking up the pair's "good bilateral political, economic and social relations" and potential new business opportunities. / AFP / PHILIP OJISUA        (Photo credit should read PHILIP OJISUA/AFP/Getty Images)

Nigerian President Blames Phone Company for Boko Haram Attacks

Nigeria asked phone giant MTN to shut down unregistered SIM cards. They failed to respond in time.


Dead Man’s Market and the Boy Gangs of Niger

Impoverished young men have menaced the city of Zinder with rapes and murders. Now Boko Haram wants to turn their ultra-violence into a weapon of war.

A picture taken on August 21, 2014 shows Internally Displaced People (IDP) sitting in Mubi camp in Nigeria's northeastern Adamawa State. Mostly women and children, the IDPs in Mubi fled their homes in Gwoza, Borno State, to neighbouring Adamawa State following incessant attacks by Islamists insurgents Boko Haram. Nearly 11,500 people from one town in northeast Nigeria are receiving emergency aid after fleeing Boko Haram militants, the country's main relief agency said on on August 21. The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said 11,442 men, women and children from Gwoza in Borno state had been registered at two facilities for displaced people in neighbouring Adamawa state. The Islamists took over Gwoza, which lies near the border with Cameroon, on August 7 and NEMA said the town was "still under siege".  AFP PHOTO/ OLATUNJI OMIRIN        (Photo credit should read OLATUNJI OMIRIN/AFP/Getty Images)

Boko Haram Has Forced 1 Million Children Out of School

Boko Haram militants have forced 1 million children out of school.

A photo shows a campaign signboad displayed by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to show its readiness to defeat Boko Haram Islamists on assumption office at Ogijo, Ogun State in southwest Nigeria, on July 3, 2015. Boko Haram carried out a fresh wave of massacres in northeastern Nigeria on July 3, locals said, killing nearly 200 people in 48 hours of violence President Muhammadu Buhari blasted as "inhuman and barbaric". AFP PHOTO / PIUS UTOMI EKPEI        (Photo credit should read PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/Getty Images)

Boko Haram Is Wounded and Dangerous

The terrorist group’s dream of an Islamic caliphate is over. But even on the defensive, the group is as deadly as ever.

LAGOS, NIGERIA - JULY 15:  A detail of some Nigerian Naira,(NGN) being counted  in an exchange office on July 15, 2008 in Lagos, Nigeria.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

In Nigeria, $2 Billion in Stolen Funds Is Just a Drop in the Corruption Bucket

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari claims his predecessor's national security advisor stole $2 billion in funds. Another $148 billion might still be missing.

People stand by the wreckage of a car that has been blown up by suspected Boko Haram militants in Nigeria's troubled northeastern city of Maiduguri on March 25, 2014, killing five police officers, while a separate blast killed three. The attacks were the latest to hit the Borno state capital, which is the epicentre of Boko Haram's brutal insurgency which has killed thousands since 2009, including more than 700 this year.  AFP PHOTO        (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. Sends Troops and Drones to Cameroon as Boko Haram Fight Intensifies

The United States' increase in military support to Cameroon comes as Boko Haram intensifies its suicide bombing campaign there.

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