Deadly US mission in Niger wasn't approved

by Abel Hampton March 7, 2018, 7:24
Deadly US mission in Niger wasn't approved

A propaganda video released by the Islamic State appears to show a deadly militant ambush in Niger previous year that killed four us soldiers who engaged in fierce combat against superior firepower. U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) is still investigating the incident and determining if there are enough resources to carry out missions in areas where militants are operating.

It shows three US soldiers trying to fight off dozens of militants armed with machine guns and grenades.

At one point in the video, a USA soldier is shot and a comrade attempts to pull him to cover behind the SUV.

AFRICOM Commander Gen. Waldhauser told lawmakers Tuesday that US soldiers serving in Niger should be receiving additional pay due to the risky situation on the ground. Four U.S. soldiers were killed in the firefight.

A still image from the ISIS video "Assault of the Brave Against the Army of the Americans" shows U.S. Special Forces attempting to flee an ambush from up to 50 ISIS-affiliated fighters near the border village of Tongo Tongo, Niger, October 4, 2017.

The investigation finds no single point of failure leading to the attack, which occurred after the soldiers learned Chefou had left the area, checked his last known location and started for home. The video was reportedly released on the Telegram messaging application.

The soldier wearing the helmet camera went down.

According to reports, the military investigation into the Niger attack concludes the team did not get required senior command approval for their risky mission to capture a high-level Islamic State militant.

The video also includes still images that allegedly show members of the Sahel-based group Jamaat Nusrat al-Islam wal-Muslimin (JNIM) pledging allegiance to IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Then, the footage shows the jihadists surrounding him and shooting at point-blank range.

Because the Defense Department did not create the video, defense officials are unable to determine if it is authentic or if it has been digitally manipulated, said Manning, who has not seen the video. The Pentagon's investigation into the Niger ambush and what took place is expected to be released later this week.

The Army soldiers ambushed in Niger five months ago weren't cleared to hunt down the wanted terrorist they were chasing at the time, a recently completed Pentagon probe found. The clip opens with footage of the militants riding on the back of trucks bearing the flag of ISIS and heading toward what may have been the site of the ambush. When asked when that would happen, Waldhauser said, "I don't know".

In one scene, the USA soldiers are seen around a vehicle firing at attackers.

On Monday, Islamic State supporters posted a nine-minute long video of the ambush online.

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