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Pentagon faces demands for details on deadly attack in Niger

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US troops met with ‘overwhelming force’ in Niger ambush, official says

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‘Massive Intelligence Failure’ In Niger Led To Soldiers’ Deaths, Report Says — ‘Trump’s Benghazi’ Critics Say
The four United States soldiers killed in an ISIS ambush in the West African country of Niger died due in part to a “massive intelligence failure,” according to a new report by NBC News on Friday afternoon. The intelligence failure placed the troops in the heart of what appears to be a sophisticated and well-planned attack by the militants who may have intentionally delayed the troops who were on what they thought was a routine mission, then lured them into the ambush by using men on motorcycles to somehow provoke them   Read More ...
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James Mattis meets with John McCain amid questions about Niger ambush
Defense Secretary James Mattis met with Sen. John McCain on Friday afternoon on Capitol Hill in the wake of growing questions about what happened in the Niger ambush earlier this month that resulted in the . McCain, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said Thursday that the investigation involving the Niger attack could "require a subpoena." "It may require a subpoena but I did have a good conversation with General McMaster and they said they would be briefing us   Read More ...
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Niger Ambush Came After ‘Massive Intelligence Failure,’ Source Says
A senior congressional aide who has been briefed on the deaths of four U.S. servicemen in Niger says the ambush by militants stemmed in part from a “massive intelligence failure.” The Pentagon has said that 40 to 50 militants ambushed a 12-man U.S. force in Niger on Oct. 4, killing four and wounding two. The U.S. patrol was seen as routine and had been carried out nearly 30 times in the six months before the attack, the Pentagon has reported   Read More ...
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The Latest: Graham says senators to be briefed on Niger
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on a dispute over White House condolence calls to military families (all times EDT): A senior Republican senator says members of the Armed Services Committee will be briefed next week about the fatal attack on four American soldiers in the African nation of Niger. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina says the committee's GOP chairman, John McCain of Arizona, is arranging the meeting   Read More ...
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Niger raid highlights US forces' growing Africa role
WASHINGTON (AFP) - The killing of four American special operations soldiers in Niger has highlighted the increasing role elite units are playing across Africa, which is rapidly becoming a major center of US military action. Their mission is to counter the advances of a slew of jihadist movements across the continent, including Al-Shabaab in Somalia, affiliates of the Islamic State group in the Sahel region and Boko Haram in Nigeria   Read More ...
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Trump Is Feuding With a Congresswoman Over a Soldier Killed in Niger. Why Was He Deployed There?
As the Trump administration continues to spar with a Democratic lawmaker over the President's efforts to console a grieving military widow, some people are wondering: What was the slain soldier, Sgt. La David Johnson, doing that led to his death in the Western African country of Niger? The specifics of the U.S. mission in Niger, and in Africa more broadly, have been largely overshadowed by the feud between President Trump, his Chief of Staff John Kelly, and Democratic congresswoman Frederica Wilson   Read More ...
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Defense secretary meets with McCain after subpoena threat over Niger attack
WASHINGTON – Defense Secretary Jim Mattis met Friday with the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee as lawmakers demand answers two weeks after an ambush in the African nation of Niger killed four U.S. soldiers. Mattis and Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona spoke privately at the lawmaker’s Capitol Hill office. Emerging from the meeting, the defense secretary pledged better lines of communication with Congress   Read More ...
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U.S. Congress demands answers from Pentagon on deadly Niger attack
WASHINGTON — Members of Congress are demanding answers two weeks after an ambush in the African nation of Niger killed four U.S. soldiers, with one top lawmaker even threatening subpoenas. The White House defended the slow pace of information, saying an investigation would eventually offer clarity about a tragedy that has morphed into a political dispute in the United States. Among the unresolved inquiries: Why were the Americans apparently caught by surprise? Why did it take two additional days to recover one of the four bodies after the shooting stopped? Was the Islamic State responsible? The confusion over what happened in a remote corner of Niger, where few Americans travel, has increasingly dogged President Donald Trump, who was silent about the deaths for more than a week   Read More ...
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Niger raid highlights US forces' growing Africa role
Washington - The killing of four American special operations soldiers in Niger has highlighted the increasing role elite units are playing across Africa, which is rapidly becoming a major center of US military action. Their mission is to counter the advances of a slew of jihadist movements across the continent, including Al-Shabaab in Somalia, affiliates of the Islamic State group in the Sahel region and Boko Haram in Nigeria   Read More ...
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What we know about the Niger attack that left 4 U.S. soldiers dead
The Trump administration had no answers Thursday to key questions two weeks after an ambush in the African nation of Niger killed four U.S. soldiers, prompting complaints of Pentagon stonewalling and a comparison to the 2012 Benghazi attack. (Oct. 19) Members of Congress demanded answers two weeks after an ambush in Niger killed four U.S. soldiers. The White House has defended the slow response, saying an investigation would eventually offer clarity about the tragedy   Read More ...
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Defense Secretary Mattis to meet with McCain after subpoena threat over Niger attack
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis will go to Capitol Hill on Friday afternoon to meet with Sen. John McCain, just one day after the Armed Services Committee chairman blasted the Trump administration for failing to be more forthcoming with details about the ambush that killed four U.S. Special Forces members in Niger, according to a person familiar with the planned meeting. McCain (R-Ariz   Read More ...
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Niger ambush may have happened because meeting dragged, US officials say
A longer-than-expected meeting with local tribal leaders in Niger may have given militants critical extra minutes to prep the ambush attack that left four American troops dead earlier this month, two U.S. officials told Fox News on Friday. Defense Secretary James Mattis was set to meet with Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., on Capitol Hill on Friday afternoon to discuss the incident, the officials said   Read More ...
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4 soldiers killed in ambush: Where is Niger and what are U.S. troops doing there?
Questions remain in the aftermath of an ambush attack on a group including U.S. Army soldiers in Niger that left four American service members dead on Oct. 4. Defense Department officials said Staff Sgt. Bryan Black, 35, Staff Sgt. Jeremiah Johnson, 39, Staff Sgt. Dustin Wright, 29 and Sgt. La David Johnson, 25, were killed in an attack during an advise-and-assist mission in southwestern Niger   Read More ...
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Niger raid highlights US forces' growing Africa role
Washington (AFP) - The killing of four American special operations soldiers in Niger has highlighted the increasing role elite units are playing across Africa, which is rapidly becoming a major center of US military action. Their mission is to counter the advances of a slew of jihadist movements across the continent, including Al-Shabaab in Somalia, affiliates of the Islamic State group in the Sahel region and Boko Haram in Nigeria   Read More ...
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At least 46 attacks in area of Niger where U.S. troops killed - U.N
NIAMEY (Reuters) - A part of southwestern Niger where four U.S. Green Berets were killed during a mission the U.S. military had considered low-risk has seen at least 46 attacks by armed groups since early last year, a U.N. agency said on Friday. The deaths of the four U.S. soldiers and ensuing confusion over what happened during the Oct. 4 ambush have thrown a spotlight on the U   Read More ...
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Accusations of racism and grandstanding fly between Wilson and Kelly, overtaking big questions about Niger attack
White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly and Rep. Frederica S. Wilson (D-Fla.) are not fans of one another. And the tension between the two Washington politicos is taking attention further away from the issue that most recently connected them — the ambush in Niger earlier this month that killed Sgt. La David Johnson. Wilson in on a call between Myeishia Johnson, the widow of Johnson, and President Trump where the commander in chief allegedly told her that her deceased husband "knew what he signed up for   Read More ...
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Updated: Pentagon faces demands for details on deadly attack in Niger
.... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... ..........WASHINGTON — Members of Congress demanded answers Thursday two weeks after an ambush in the African nation of Niger killed four U.S. soldiers, with one top lawmaker even threatening subpoenas. The White House defended the slow pace of information, saying an investigation would eventually offer clarity about a tragedy that has morphed into a political dispute in the United States   Read More ...
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At least 46 attacks in area of Niger where US troops killed - UN
NIAMEY: A part of southwestern Niger where four U.S. Green Berets were killed during a mission the U.S. military had considered low-risk has seen at least 46 attacks by armed groups since early last year, a U.N. agency said on Friday. The deaths of the four U.S. soldiers and ensuing confusion over what happened during the Oct. 4 ambush have thrown a spotlight on the U   Read More ...
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At least 46 attacks in area of Niger where U.S. troops killed: U.N.
NIAMEY (Reuters) - A part of southwestern Niger where four U.S. Green Berets were killed during a mission the U.S. military had considered low-risk has seen at least 46 attacks by armed groups since early last year, a U.N. agency said on Friday. The deaths of the four U.S. soldiers and ensuing confusion over what happened during the Oct. 4 ambush have thrown a spotlight on the U   Read More ...
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Everything we know about the Niger attack that left 4 U.S. soldiers dead
It took President Trump 12 days to speak publicly about a terrorist attack that left four American soldiers dead. And even then, it was only because a reporter asked, “Why haven't we heard anything from you so far about the soldiers that were killed in Niger?” Trump's answer — that he likes to call and write letters to family members of slain service members, unlike his predecessors — kicked off days of strange volleys between the president and the press   Read More ...
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Niger attack: FBI is now involved in the investigation into four US soldiers' deaths
The FBI has now joined the investigation into how four US soldiers died in an apparent ambush by Isis militants while on patrol in Niger. Staff Sergeants Bryan Black, Jeremiah Johnson, Dustin Wright, and Sergeant La David T Johnson died and two others were injured when a group of a dozen US Army soldiers and 40 troops from Niger were ambushed on 4 October   Read More ...
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Pentagon faces demands for details on deadly attack in Niger
WASHINGTON | Members of Congress are demanding answers two weeks after an ambush in the African nation of Niger killed four U.S. soldiers, with one top lawmaker even threatening subpoenas. The White House defended the slow pace of information, saying an investigation would eventually offer clarity about a tragedy that has morphed into a political dispute in the United States. Among the unresolved inquiries: Why were the Americans apparently caught by surprise? Why did it take two additional days to recover one of the four bodies after the shooting stopped? Was the Islamic State responsible? The confusion over what happened in a remote corner of Niger, where few Americans travel, has increasingly dogged President Donald Trump, who was silent about the deaths for more than a week   Read More ...
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NDDC, NSIP to tackle poverty in Niger Delta – Ekere
The Niger Delta Development Commission ( NDDC ) says it will work with the National Social Investment Programme ( NSIP ) to eradicate poverty in Niger Delta. NDDC Managing Director, Mr Nsima Ekere, said this on Thursday in Port Harcourt, when the Special Adviser to the President and Head of NSIP, Mrs Maryam Uwais, led a delegation to the commission’s headquarters   Read More ...
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FBI assisting in Niger investigation
The FBI's involvement is a routine step when US citizens are killed overseas Another US official said FBI investigators are on the ground in Niger providing technical assistance (CNN)The FBI is assisting Niger authorities in the investigation of the deaths of four US servicemen, a law enforcement official tells CNN, a routine step for the bureau when US citizens are killed overseas   Read More ...
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Trump accused of disrespecting family of US soldier killed in Niger
WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump was snarled in fresh controversy yesterday after he was accused of being disrespectful to a US soldier slain in an ambush in Niger, as well as showing insensitivity to the grieving family. Mr Trump moved quickly to dispute descriptions of his conversation with the pregnant widow of Sergeant La David Johnson, 25, who was one of four US service members killed in a jihadist ambush on Oct 4   Read More ...
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CNN military expert bruises Trump’s Pentagon over Niger debacle: ‘They have a lot of questions to answer’
On Friday morning, CNN’s Chris Cuomo and Alisyn Camerota began the questioning of the events that led to the deaths of four military members in Niger. The New Day hosts invited analysts Barbara Starr and military expert retired Major General James “Spider” Marks, to attempt to explain what little is known about the incident which has roiled a White House that has struggled to explain why President Donald Trump failed to call the grieving families — and then botched it when he did   Read More ...
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A timeline of the White House after the Niger raid
The Defense Department has opened an investigation into the Niger mission Trump first weighed in on the attack 12 days after the soldiers were ambushed Washington (CNN)How four US service members were killed in Niger -- and President Donald Trump's response to the attack -- has left the federal government searching for answers. The Defense Department has opened an investigation to explain how about 50 ISIS-affiliated fighters were able to ambush a 12-man Green Beret-led team and why the team lacked sufficient support to ward off the attack   Read More ...
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Pentagon opens Niger ambush probe as new details emerge
WASHINGTON (AFP) - US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis revealed new details of a Niger ambush that left four US servicemen dead, including that the body of one slain soldier was not immediately evacuated. Mattis's comments come as questions mount in the US media about what happened on October 4, and criticism over President Donald Trump's handling of the aftermath. The Pentagon boss said the body of Sergeant La David Johnson was "found later" by non-US forces following the ambush, which is thought to have been conducted by jihadists in an area where an Islamic State group affiliate operates   Read More ...
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Pentagon faces demands for details on deadly attack in Niger
WASHINGTON - Members of Congress are demanding answers two weeks after an ambush in the African nation of Niger killed four U.S. soldiers, with one top lawmaker even threatening subpoenas. The White House is defending the slow pace of information, saying an investigation will eventually offer clarity about a tragedy that has morphed into a political dispute. Among the unresolved inquiries: Why were the Americans apparently caught by surprise? Why did it take two additional days to recover one of the four bodies after the shooting stopped? Was the Islamic State responsible? Sen   Read More ...
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"Full investigation" under way on US forces killed in Niger - Mattis
WASHINGTON, Oct 20 (KUNA) -- A "full investigation" is under way in the deaths of four US service members this month in a deadly ambush in Niger, Defense Secretary James Mattis said Friday. "We have been engaged with the French and African forces in the Lake Chad region for some time supporting the French-led and African troops" in the campaign against the so-called Islamic State (IS), the terrorists, the radicals, those who foment instability and murder and mayhem," Mattis said The Defense chief spoke during a Pentagon appearance with Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman prior to their meeting   Read More ...
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McCain: Subpoena may be needed to get Niger answers
McCain: Subpoena may be needed to get Niger answers By IDREES ALI. Reuters October 19. 2017 11:31PM. Sen. John McCain speaks on July 11 at the Heritage Foundation in Washington. (Michael Brochstein/Sipa USA/TNS) WASHINGTON — Senator John McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said on Thursday he may consider issuing a subpoena because the White House has not been forthcoming with details of an ambush in Niger that left four U   Read More ...
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Pentagon faces demands for details on deadly attack in Niger
Members of Congress demanded answers Thursday two weeks after an ambush in the African nation of Niger killed four U.S. soldiers, with one top lawmaker even threatening subpoenas. The White House defended the slow pace of information, saying an investigation would eventually offer clarity about a tragedy that has morphed into a political dispute in the United States. Among the unresolved inquiries: Why were the Americans apparently caught by surprise? Why did it take two additional days to recover one of the four bodies after the shooting stopped? Was the Islamic State responsible? The confusion over what happened in a remote corner of Niger, where few Americans travel, has increasingly dogged President Donald Trump, who was silent about the deaths for more than a week   Read More ...
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McCain threatens White House with subpoena for info on Niger attacks
Senator McCain and President Trump are clashing again. McCain is threatening a subpoena to get answers on the four soldiers killed in a Niger ambush.   Read More ...
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The Pentagon Is Being Pressed for Details on the Deadly Attack on U.S. Troops in Niger
(WASHINGTON) — Members of Congress demanded answers Thursday two weeks after an ambush in the African nation of Niger killed four U.S. soldiers, with one top lawmaker even threatening subpoenas. The White House defended the slow pace of information, saying an investigation would eventually offer clarity about a tragedy that has morphed into a political dispute in the United States. Among the unresolved inquiries: Why were the Americans apparently caught by surprise? Why did it take two additional days to recover one of the four bodies after the shooting stopped? Was the Islamic State responsible? The confusion over what happened in a remote corner of Niger, where few Americans travel, has increasingly dogged President Donald Trump, who was silent about the deaths for more than a week   Read More ...
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Pentagon faces demands for details on deadly attack in Niger
WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of Congress demanded answers Thursday two weeks after an ambush in the African nation of Niger killed four U.S. soldiers, with one top lawmaker even threatening subpoenas. The White House defended the slow pace of information, saying an investigation would eventually offer clarity about a tragedy that has morphed into a political dispute in the United States   Read More ...
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Pentagon defends U.S. troops who searched for slain soldier missing in Niger
Senior U.S. defense officials defended Thursday the small team of American troops targeted in a deadly ambush earlier this month in Africa, an incident that has raised questions about why one fallen soldier was not recovered for two days. The Oct. 4 operation in Niger, now under U.S. military investigation, resulted in the deaths of four Special Forces soldiers. One was Sgt   Read More ...
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Maddow connects the dots on how Trump adding Chad to his travel ban may have gotten soldiers killed in Niger
When President Donald Trump’s White House instituted the travel ban and randomly added the African country of Chad to the list, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow says it may have destabilized the region. That lack of allied troops could have then been the cause of the deaths of the four soldiers killed two weeks ago in Niger. Maddow began by walking through the extensive history of the groups of African and French fighters who have managed to battle Islamic extremists like ISIS and Boko Haram in central Africa and actually win   Read More ...
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Niger ambush leaves 4 US soldiers dead: What to know
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., chairman of the Senate armed services committee, said he doesn’t think the White House has been “forthcoming” about the deadly attack on American troops earlier this month. Four U.S. service members were killed on Oct. 4 in Niger by Islamic militants, armed with rocket-propelled grenades and heavy machine guns. From President Donald Trump’s calls to the families of the deceased to the White House’s delayed response to the ambush, details about the attack have drawn intense scrutiny and criticism – and not just from McCain   Read More ...
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Pentagon faces demands for details on deadly attack in Niger
WASHINGTON — Members of Congress demanded answers Thursday two weeks after an ambush in the African nation of Niger killed four U.S. soldiers, with one top lawmaker even threatening subpoenas. The White House defended the slow pace of information, saying an investigation would eventually offer clarity about a tragedy that has morphed into a political dispute in the United States. Among the unresolved inquiries: Why were the Americans apparently caught by surprise? Why did it take two additional days to recover one of the four bodies after the shooting stopped? Was the Islamic State responsible? The confusion over what happened in a remote corner of Niger, where few Americans travel, has increasingly dogged President Donald Trump, who was silent about the deaths for more than a week   Read More ...
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US troops met with ‘overwhelming force’ in Niger ambush, official says
Related Coverage (ABC News) — Confusion over what happened during an ambush of U.S. Special Forces in Niger earlier this month apparently sparked a full Pentagon probe of the incident announced Thursday, which some officials say could have had even worse casualties than four American soldiers killed from the small, “out-matched” team. Officials have described a harrowing burst of violence in or near a village close to Niger’s border with Mali on Oct   Read More ...
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