According to a report citing military officials, 3 US Special Forces soldiers were killed and 2 wounded on Wednesday in southwest Niger as they were in a joint-patrol mission with their Nigerien counterparts.
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The US Africa Command spokesman Lieutenant Commander Anthony Falvo has said that 3 Army Green Berets were killed and 2 injured in the incident, which occurred at Niger’s border with Mali, 120 miles north of Niamey, the country’s capital. Five Nigerien soldiers were also killed in the attack. President Trump was briefed about the unfortunate incident by White House Chief of Staff John Kelly.
The American soldiers were attacked by a radical Islamist faction, Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb respectively, which is known for conducting cross border raids in Niger. The US Army Green Berets are currently stationed in Niger for providing training and security assistance to governmental forces, including support for recon/surveillance and intelligence.
The incident confirms that US special troops are deployed and engaged in combat patrols in Niger. According to a UN report, Islamic terrorist attacks targeting UN, Malian and French forces, most of them conducted by Jama’a Nusrat ul-Islam wa al-Muslimin (JNIM) (an Al Qaeda brand) have doubled in frequency since June 2017.
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