Army special forces have been deployed to Niger and other West African countries to train local troops and conduct operational operations. The U.S. intervention in Niger involves the use of special forces and drones, both unarmed and armed by the U.S. military and the CIA, to help the French government and armed forces conduct counterterrorism operations against militant groups in Niger, Libya and Mali as part of Operation Juniper Shield.  The deployment of special forces in Niger and the greater West African region includes training the host country`s partner forces, strengthening security efforts in the host country, and conducting counter-terrorism and surveillance and reconnaissance missions with the host country`s partner forces.  The use of drones by the Air Force and the CIA is intended to assist US and Nigerien forces in anti-terrorist operations, monitor the routes used by Niger fighters to neighbouring countries, and support ongoing operations in Libya.    The document describes the benefits to the United States, including duty-free import of military equipment and access to the Ghanaian radio network, as well as the ability to “control access to facilities and areas provided exclusively by U.S. forces.” The document`s word quickly spread on social media and many protesters felt that a U.S. military base was under construction. The Pentagon distinguishes between combat and anti-terrorist operations, although this line is at best blurred. Officially, the U.S. troops who participated in the mission with the Nigerian soldiers were not intended to fire weapons, unless they were themselves targeted. But when we did the interview, a green beret screwed furiously.
“Who is it?” he asked. “How did he get in?” The Green Beret ended the interview and insulted us for the next half hour about how we had violated security by allowing an unknown person “who could be a suicide bomber” in a bulky area. It didn`t matter if the local official showed up at the Nigerian security forces at the door, or that he was a nigic official in a war zone — someone american soldiers theoretically wanted to know because they were helping the Nigerian government fight Boko Haram. According to Maj Klinkel, a Pentagon spokeswoman, “USA