U.S. Army Gen. Stephen Townsend during a tour north of Baghdad, February 8, 2017. (Associated Press/Ali Abdul Hassa)

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A four-star US Army general on Monday issued a statement calling the reports of his death in a terrorist attack in Kenya as "greatly exaggerated."

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An RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft (U.S. Air Force photo via Wikimedia Commons)

(Reuters) - The U.S. military believes that an unarmed American drone reported lost near Libya's capital last month was in fact shot down by Russian air defenses and it is demanding the return of the aircraft's wreckage, U.S. Africa Command says.

Such a shootdown would underscore Moscow's increasingly muscular role in the energy-rich nation, where Russian mercenaries are reportedly intervening on behalf of east Libya-based commander Khalifa Haftar in Libya's civil war.

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Watch how a psychological operations team helped end the war lord Joseph Kony's reign in Africa where he was kidnapping kids and forcing them to fight as child soldiers. They've been doing inception long before Leonardo DiCaprio made it cool.

(U.S. Air Force/Staff Sgt. Brigitte N. Brantley)

Since the U.S. and Chinese militaries became neighbors in the small African country of Djibouti, they haven't been getting along very well.

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A view shows Sharara oil field near Ubari, Libya, July 6, 2017. Picture taken July 6, 2017. (Reuters/Aidan Lewis)

CAIRO (Reuters) - The U.S. military denied on Thursday taking part in a raid on an al Qaeda site in the Libyan city of Ubari, contradicting a statement by a Libyan official.

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Major General Marcus Hicks, the senior officer reprimanded in connection with last year’s ambush in which four Army soldiers were killed in Niger, was not set up for success. The way this has been handled sends a clear message, but it is not a good one for building trust, accountability, and underwriting mistakes.

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