29 Apr '18, 5pm

US Counter-Terror Fight in Africa Also Turns to Local Police

US Counter-Terror Fight in Africa Also Turns to Local Police

NIAMEY, Niger -- Under the watchful eyes of U.S. authorities, an elite group of local police officers in Niger's capital slipped into a home, rescued a "hostage," detained an "extremist" and pretended to kill another. The police training in one of Africa's most remote, impoverished countries is crucial as extremists linked to the Islamic State group and al-Qaida carry out increasingly bold attacks in West Africa's vast Sahel region. In October, four U.S. soldiers and five Nigeriens were killed in an ambush claimed by Islamic State group-linked fighters in rural Niger. Amid questions over the role of the U.S. military in this part of the world, there is a renewed focus on training local law enforcement officers, in the hopes that extremism can be better countered at the community level and along borders. The challenges are great in Niger, where residents of its vast, largel...

Full article: https://www.military.com/daily-news/2018/04/29/us-counter...

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