Names of Soldiers Killed in Niger Released

Names of Soldiers Killed in Niger Released

Names of Soldiers Killed in Niger Released

USA officials assess that these terrorist groups view Chad, Niger and Mali as being particularity important as they serve as bridges between north and sub-Saharan Africa, saying that local al Qaeda and ISIS affiliates use control of these transit routes to gain revenue that helps them recruit, expand and export attacks.

The two wounded U.S. service members were evacuated in stable condition to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, U.S. Africa Command said in its statement.

There are hundreds of soldiers that the US Africa Command has deployed in the region to provide adequate training and support to the Niger's army in various aspects including the intelligence gathering and surveillance.

Some officials originally suspected the attack was the work of al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb.

"Any time one of the members of our great military are injured, wounded or killed in action, that is certainly something that we take very seriously", she said, adding that "our thoughts and prayers are with those individuals". The head of North Africa Risk Consulting, Geoff D. Porter, stated that if the Islamic State played a role in the recent attacks, it would definitely draw the attention of other U.S. troops present not only within the region but also from other countries.

A diplomat with knowledge of the incident said French officials were frustrated by the US troops' actions, saying they had acted on only limited intelligence and without contingency plans in place.

At a Pentagon press conference Thursday, Lt. Gen. Ken McKenzie, director of the US military's Joint Staff, declined to provide many details of the attack, saying operations were still ongoing. Four Niger security forces were also killed. Under heavy fire, US troops called in French fighter jets for air support.

Mamane contributed to this story from Niamey, Niger.

France, which has seen a string of domestic attacks by the Islamic State, is also concerned about the threat posed by militants in the Sahel, and the possibility they could use the migrant route through Libya to infiltrate Europe and mount attacks in France.

The U.S. Army believes that ISIS-affiliated fighters ambushed a joint U.S. -Niger patrol about 120 miles north of Niamey, Niger's capital, as the troops were leaving a meeting with tribal leaders on October 4.

"It is discreet but they are there", a Nigerien security source told Reuters. They were ambushed by 40-50 militants in vehicles and on motorcycles.

Others however like Ahmedou Ould Abdallah, a former top United Nations official in West Africa and Somalia, recall with concern the American pullout following the "Black Hawk Down" incident.

"In Somalia, they over-reacted and withdrew their troops. Trump might just say 'Why should we die for this?' I hope they don't".

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