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Niger Hosts US-Organized Exercises to Boost African Security

Over 1,000 soldiers from 18 African and Western nations launched a U.S. organized counter-terrorism training exercise in Niger on Wednesday aimed at improving security capabilities across Africa's Sahara-Sahel zone. The exercise, organized by U.S. Special Operations Command Africa, seeks to bolster cross-border cooperation in a poor, arid region where a mix of al Qaida-linked Islamists, local insurgents and organized criminal gangs operate. Weak armies and regional rivalries have...

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