Exclusive: In Niger, U.S. soldiers quietly help build wall against Boko Haram




 
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Exclusive: In Niger, U.S. soldiers quietly help build wall against Boko Haram
 
September 18th, 2015  
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Exclusive: In Niger, U.S. soldiers quietly help build wall against Boko Haram
By Warren Strobel DIFFA, Niger (Reuters) - Despite years of intimidation by the violent extremist group Boko Haram, the people of southeastern Niger's Diffa region had never held a summit to confront the threat - perhaps with good reason. It has menaced U.S. and European allies in west Africa, and leader Abubakar Shekau in March pledged its loyalty to Islamic State. The Diffa meeting was a modest success not just for its mutually suspicious tribes but for a small team of fewer than 20 U.S. Special Operations Forces conducting an experiment that is part of President Barack Obama's new counter-terrorism strategy.




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