Published: Fri, October 06, 2017
Technology | By Russell Knight

Three US Army commandos killed in firing in southwest Niger

Three US Army commandos killed in firing in southwest Niger

The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk about the incident publicly.

The officials cautioned that this was still an early assessment.

US President Donald Trump was briefed by John Kelly, White House Chief Staff while he was flying back from LA after meeting the bereaved families who lost their loved ones in the mass killing by Stephen Paddock.

It has also sent troops to supply intelligence and other assistance to a multinational force battling the Nigerian Boko Haram militants near Niger's border with Nigeria.

Insurgents in the area include militants from al Qaeda in Islamic Maghreb and a local branch of Islamic State, Mack said.

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"The violent and deadly clashes that occurred yesterday on the Niger-Mali border remind us once again of the pressing need to proceed to the rapid operationalization of the G5 Sahel force", Diop told the council.

The New York Times said they were the first American casualties to die from hostile fire since the U.S. Africa Command deployed in Niger.

Wednesday's attack comes after United States drones struck ISIS fighters in neighboring Libya twice in a week in late September.

A senior military official described it as a "partner training mission". Radio France International (RFI) confirmed the news after the statement from the Spokesperson of US Africa Command over a telephonic conversation.

This attack will draw attention to the presence of USA troops, not just in Niger but in other countries too.

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And while we don't know what USA military elements may have been part of the operation, we do know that in August 2017, the Defense Logistics Agency included a forward location associated with Special Operations Command Africa (SOCAFRICA) at Ouallam, less than 60 miles south of Tongo Tongo, in contracting documents related to USA military facilities across Africa in need of fuel deliveries.

Across Africa, the USA military footprint has counterterror operations in mind.

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The identity of the troops has not yet been released.

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