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Security officials say militants from the al Qaeda-linked Boko Haram in Nigeria are transitting through Niger on their way to fight with Ansar Dine in Mali. Officials are concerned about the threat of radical Islam as Niger suffers increasing pressure from regional turmoil. US special forces are helping train Nigerien troops.
The European Union deployed a Capacity Building Mission team to Niger to help combat the spread of Islamist terror groups in the Sahel region. The 50-man-strong EUCAP team is described as a civilian mission, but includes military advisers.
The European Union will send 50 experts to Niger to train its security forces to counter the emerging al Qaeda threat in Africa's Sahel region. Niger, a major uranium exporter, needs assistance securing its border with Mali, where Islamists have seized half the country.