Pentagon Concludes Investigation into Attack in Niger That Killed 4 Special Forces Soldiers

HeadlineMar 07, 2018

The Pentagon has concluded its investigation into the October 4 attack in Niger that killed four U.S. Special Forces soldiers, concluding the team did not get required approval before launching the risky mission. The report concludes that the Army Special Forces team never intended to meet with local Nigerien leaders as higher command thought. Instead, the report says the team’s intent from the beginning was to try to capture an alleged militant. During the mission, the small team was attacked by as many as 100 militants linked to ISIS, leading to the deaths of the four U.S. Special Forces soldiers and five Nigerien soldiers. The incident provoked increased scrutiny of U.S. military operations in Niger, where at least 800 U.S. troops are currently stationed.

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