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Newsline: State Department says ambassador did not deny U.S. military request for personnel involved in Niger attack

The U.S. ambassador in Niger did not deny support for a U.S. Special Forces unit that lost four soldiers in a deadly ambush on the border between Mali and Niger on Oct. 4, the State Department said Friday. The Times reported Thursday that the ambassador had resisisted U.S. military requests for more drones or other surveillance aircraft and additional military medical support in Niger during the weeks and months leading up to the attack. “Did the ambassador in Niger deny support or protection for military personnel involved in the attack? No,” a State Department spokesman said in a statement. The U.S. Special Forces unit was part of a broader mission run by U.S. Africa Command to train Nigerien units to counter Islamic State and Al Qaeda-linked groups trying to gain a foothold in the region. The attack is currently being investigated by the U.S. military and the FBI.

http://www.latimes.com/politics/washington/la-na-pol-essential-washington-updates-state-department-says-ambassador-did-1508545438-htmlstory.html

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Newsline: Niger recalls ambassador to Qatar

Niger, on Saturday, said it had recalled its ambassador to Qatar, in solidarity with the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt, which cut ties with Doha on Monday. In a statement, Niger’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said the decision was made, in solidarity with the four states that have banned their citizens from traveling to Doha. They have since closed off their airspace, territorial waters and land borders to Qatari vehicles, aircraft and ships. Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE announced their decision to sever diplomatic relations with Qatar on 5th June. Later, Yemen, the interim Libyan government, the Maldives, Mauritius, Comoros and Mauritania also severed diplomatic relations with Qatar. This was followed by Jordan downgrading its diplomatic relations with Qatar, and Senegal recalling its ambassador in Doha for consultations.

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/region/qatar-crisis/niger-recalls-ambassador-to-qatar

Newsline: Escaped Malian killer sought in murder of US diplomat in Niger

Federal prosecutors have filed murder charges against a convicted killer who allegedly shot an American diplomat to death in Africa just hours before the American was to board a plane and head home to North Carolina for Christmas. On the night of Dec. 22, 2000, a group of Americans took William Bultemeier, a 51-year-old Department of Defense employee assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Niamey, Niger, out for a farewell dinner at a local French restaurant called La Cloche. At about 1 a.m., Bultemeier left the restaurant. Before he could get into a white Toyota SUV with diplomatic plates, a gunman identified as Mohamed demanded the keys. The accused killer, a Malian national named Alhassane Ould Mohamed, has escaped from prison twice and has already been convicted of killing four Saudis in Niger. He remains at large.

http://investigations.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/09/18/20563169-escaped-killer-sought-in-murder-of-us-diplomat?lite

Newsline: Niger ambassador to Belgium and wife found dead

Niger’s ambassador to Belgium and his wife have been found dead at their residence, apparently the victims of carbon monoxide poisoning, the embassy says. The bodies of Issaka Djibo, 61, and his wife, Fatouma, 50, were found in their bedroom by their daughter, alerted by an embassy employee who had not heard from the ambassador. Initial findings suggested the couple died from carbon monoxide poisoning due to a faulty heater. The ambassador took up his post in January last year.

http://indepthafrica.com/niger-ambassador-to-belgium-issaka-djibo-and-wife-found-dead/