U.S. Hostage Rescue Puts Focus on Insecurity in Northern Nigeria

Nigeria's politicians are exchanging salvoes following the rescue by U.S. Special Forces of American missionary Philip Walton in northern Nigeria on October 30. The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) have rejected charges by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that President Buhari has failed to act decisively or effectively against insurgents."The operation involved the governments of the U.S., Niger and Nigeria working together to rescue Walton quickly," according to ABC News. The complex rescue reportedly involved multiple aircraft dispatched from Spain, supported by aerial refueling tankers and gunships from bases in Niger. "The CIA provided intelligence leading to Walton's whereabouts and Marine Special Operations elements in Africa helped locate him," ABC News said, before a SEAL Team Six carried out the rescue and killed six of the seven captors.


U.S. Special Forces Group members conduct key-leader engagement training with the Nigerien Armed Forces during Operation Flintlock 18 in Niger in 2018. These soldiers trained with partner forces to share experiences and increase interoperability for regional security and stability.


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