Niger attack on U.S. soldiers


Niger attack on U.S. soldiers

The Pentagon's investigation into the deadly Tongo Tongo ambush in Niger that left four USA soldiers and five Nigerien allies dead has revealed some disturbing findings.

The commander of U.S. Africa Command, Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, told members of the House Armed Services Committee Tuesday he would brief them on the findings as soon as possible.

The men have few resources to fend off dozens of militants armed with machine guns and grenades.

At one point in the video, a U.S. soldier is shot and a comrade attempts to pull him to cover behind the SUV. Most people didn't even know the USA had a military presence in Niger.

The Twitter user claimed that some of the pictures had been taken by one of the soldiers caught in the ambush and ISIS captured the images after the soldier was killed, according to Military Times.

During their patrol, 11 Americans and 30 Nigerian soldiers were ambushed and attempted to take cover behind an vehicle while trying to escape from the area.

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 footage appears to have come from the helmet camera of one of the USA soldiers, according to BBC and other media outlets. La David Johnson killed in Niger, West Africa, Oct. 4, 2017.

It is not clear why the release of the video - via an is outlet on messaging app telegram - was delayed until now.

It shows the chaos of the attack, including the soldier wearing the camera being shot dead, with apparent ISIS fighters stalking past his body.

The video seems to suggest that the attack was carried out by is militants. The last shot shows militants surrounding him and firing at him at point-blank range.

The Pentagon issued a statement saying the military was aware that an "alleged" video of the confrontation had been released. They are reviewing the incident and are expected to release a thorough report on what happened, and lessons learned. October's events have led to questions from Congress and others about why the United States has soldiers deployed in Niger, and whether they're safe. That film was not released for more than a year by the group's news agency.

French air support arrived two hours after the ambush started, but US troops didn't call for air support until one hour after the attack, possibly due to communications issues.

"Knowing that they were asked to try and complete and execute this type of mission with that type of equipment, I just could not believe it", Republican Congressman Marc Veasey told CBS news.

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



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