US Army special forces soldiers die in ambush in Niger
US Army special forces soldiers die in ambush in Niger
US soldiers killed in ambush in Niger
07 October, 2017, 00:43
Eight Niger soldiers and two USA soldiers were wounded, according to a statement by Niger's Army Chief of Staff.
Military officials aren't sure how the missing soldier became separated from the rest of the troops but they do not believe he was captured, CNN says. It withheld publication of this information at the request of the Pentagon, which maintained that its rescue and recovery effort would be jeopardized.
The U.S. service member's body was discovered by Nigerien forces roughly 48 hours after he went missing, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Friday.
"The body of another US service member has been recovered from the area of the attack, bringing the number of USA service members killed in this attack to four", Col. Robert Manning said in a statement.
The Department of Defense released the names of three soliders killed in Niger on October 4th. They were identified as Staff Sergeant Bryan Black, 35; Staff Sergeant Jeremiah Johnson, 39; and Staff Sergeant Dustin Wright, 29.
As reported before the Green Berets found themselves returning from a joint USA advised direct action raid on suspected area known for terrorist activity Wednesday, when they were hit by an enemy force of 50 or more from what is a new wing of the Islamic State called The Islamic State in Greater Sahara (ISIS-GS). "This is about black market resources which terrorists use to gain revenue that helps them recruit, expand and export attacks", the official said.
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France sent forces at the request of the Malian government and helped drive extremists, including al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb, Ansar Dine, and the Movement for Unity and Jihad in West Africa, out of the main towns. Four Niger security forces were also killed.
"The U.S. military does not have an active, direct combat mission in Niger", said Pentagon spokeswoman Army Major Audricia Harris.
That force will operate in the region along with a 12,000-strong United Nations peacekeeping mission in Mali, which has become the deadliest in the world for United Nations peacekeepers, and France's 5,000-strong Barkhane military operation, its largest overseas mission.
Islamist militants, including al-Qaeda fighters, operate in the region.
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