Canada 3 Special Forces Troops Are Killed and 2 Wounded in Ambush in Niger

12:03  05 october  2017
12:03  05 october  2017 Source:   The New York Times

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WASHINGTON — Three United States Army Special Forces were killed and two were wounded in an ambush in Niger on Wednesday while on a routine patrol with troops they were training from the West African nation, American military officials said.

“We can confirm reports that a joint U.S. and Nigerien patrol came under hostile fire in southwest Niger,” Lt. Cmdr. Anthony Falvo, a spokesman for the United States Africa Command in Stuttgart, Germany, said in an email on Wednesday.

A United States military official said that the three Army Green Berets were killed in the attack. It took place 120 miles north of Niamey, the capital of Niger, near the border of Mali, where militants with Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, an affiliate of Al Qaeda, have conducted cross-border raids.

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U.S. forces have been attacked near the Niger -Mali border. × 3 American soldiers killed , 2 wounded in ambush in Niger . The administration officials added that the two wounded U.S. troops had been evacuated to the capital, Niamey, and would soon be moved to Germany.

Two other Green Berets were wounded, another American military official said. Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the casualties publicly.

The deaths mark the first American casualties in a mission in which United States Special Forces have provided training and security assistance to the Nigerien armed forces, including support for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.

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