Will Trump Withdraw Troops in Niger After Ambush?

“In Somalia, they over-reacted and withdrew their troops,” lamented Ahmedou Ould Abdallah, a former official with the United Nations (UN) in Somalia, after four American soldiers were killed in an ambush in Niger last week. “My worry is that after this attack they will also over-react. Trump might just say, ‘Why should we die for this?’ I hope they don’t.”

Abdallah’s reference to Somalia was in regard to the infamous “Black Hawk down” episode in which 18 Americans soldiers were killed my Islamic militants in early 1993. After that attack, American forces were pulled out of Somalia.

Most Americans are not even aware that U.S. forces are in Niger, a nation in western Africa that is experiencing a war with forces of…


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