3 U.S. soldiers killed, 2 wounded in Niger ambush: report
Three U.S. Special Forces soldiers were killed and another two wounded in an ambush in the West African nation of Niger, according to reports late Wednesday. The New York Times reported (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/04/world/africa/special-forces-killed-niger.html) the soldiers were on a routine patrol while training Nigerien troops. Reuters reported (http://www.reuters.com/article/us-nigeria-security/u-s-confirms-attack-on-joint-patrol-in-niger-no-word-on-u-s-casualties-idUSKBN1C9310?il=0) five Nigerien soldiers were killed as well. "We can confirm reports that a joint U.S. and Nigerien patrol came under hostile fire in southwest Niger," a U.S. military spokesman said. The attack apparently took place near the border with Mali, where Islamic extremists with ties to al-Qaida and the Islamic State have been operating. The U.S. reportedly has hundreds of troops deployed across West Africa, largely to train counter-terrorism tactics to local forces. The deaths were the first U.S. casualties reported in Niger.
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