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Niger army base attack death toll rises to at least 89: security sources

The death toll from Thursday's attack by suspected jihadists on a Niger army base has risen to at least 89, four security sources said, surpassing a raid last month that killed 71 soldiers as the deadliest against Nigerien forces in years.
One of the sources said the actual death toll could be higher because a number of soldiers were buried immediately on Thursday in Chinagodrar. Defence Minister Issoufou Katambe said that an updated death toll would be announced after a national security council meeting on Sunday.

The Chinagodrar attack, coming a month after the raid in nearby Inates by fighters from an ["]Islamic State affiliate["] that killed 71 soldiers, highlights the deteriorating security situation near Niger's borders with Mali and Burkina Faso.
French fighter jets were scrambled on Thursday to scare off the attackers, France's regional taskforce said, possibly averting an even heavier casualty count.

"precious body fluids"
Roadside bomb kills two U.S. personnel, wounds two more in Afghan south
The deaths brought to at least four the number of U.S. service personnel killed in hostile action in Afghanistan since Dec. 12, when the United States declared a "brief pause" in talks with the Taliban on a U.S. troop pullout, according to iCasualties, a website that tracks U.S. military casualties.
Taliban spokesman Qari Yousuf Ahmadi claimed responsibility for the attack. He said the blast killed all the soldiers in the vehicle. The Taliban usually claim casualties and inflate figures when targeting Afghan and foreign troops.
Ukraine PM says state, airline will give money to families of Iran crash victims
200,000 hryvnia ($8,350) each to the families of those who died in a plane crash in Iran this week.

[PM Oleksiy Honcharuk] said Ukraine International Airlines would make payments to the families of the crew members who died in the crash. The airline's spokeswoman was not immediately available for comment. Honcharuk also said Ukrainian diplomats were working on how to receive compensation from the Iranian authorities.

circumventing US "sanctions"
by Cat on Sat Jan 11th, 2020 at 09:35:37 PM EST
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