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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.

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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.

Soldiers of the Chadian hold a Chadian national flag as they patrol in armoured vehicles 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)

Nigeria Scores Rare Victory Against Boko Haram

A mass surrender in a strategic fishing village indicates Buhari’s counterterrorism might have hope afterall.

A picture taken on September 16, 2015 shows children standing in the Assaga refugee camp,  set up by the UN three months ago for Nigerian refugees who fled to southeast Niger to escape the Islamist group Boko Haram. In the Assaga camp, many refugees live in abject poverty and sleep in makeshift shelters at the mercy of mosquitoes and bad weather, an AFP reporter saw. AFP PHOTO / BOUREIMA HAMA        (Photo credit should read BOUREIMA HAMA/AFP/Getty Images)

Number of Children Displaced by Boko Haram Surpasses 1.4 Million

The number of children displaced by Boko Haram continues to grow despite pledges from government leaders they will stop the group.

Nigeria's new President Mohammadu Buhari waves to the crowd during his inauguration at the Eagles Square in Abuja, on May 29, 2015. Buhari, 72, defeated Goodluck Jonathan in March 28 elections -- the first time in Nigeria's history that an opposition candidate had beaten a sitting president. AFP PHOTO/PIUS UTOMI EKPEI        (Photo credit should read PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. to Boost Military Aid to Nigeria for Boko Haram Fight

Washington wants to help Nigeria’s new president battle one of Africa’s deadliest terrorist groups, but don’t expect a fleet of surveillance drones to be part of the mix.

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