A woman looks through a window in the Rann Internally-Displaced Peoples’ (IDP) camp in northeastern Nigeria near the Cameroonian border on July 29, 2017. (AFP / Douglas CURRAN AND STEFAN HEUNIS)
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An ambush on a joint U.S.-Niger patrol has left several soldiers dead, a security official said Wednesday, as fears increase that a conflict in neighboring Mali is spilling over the African nation's border.Three American Special Forces troops were among the dead, according to a New York Times report citing U.S. military officials.It said nothing about casualties, adding officials are working to confirm details of the ambush.This was the first time that the presence of American soldiers has been confirmed in the area, which has become unstable due to lethal attacks attributed to jihadi groups targeting Niger army positions and refugee camps. While the Islamists were largely ousted by the French-led military operation, attacks have continued on civilians, the Malian army as well as French and U.N. forces.
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