Military Capabilities

Gen Dunford: Investigation underway over deadly battle in Niger

24 October 2017

The US Department of Defense is investigating the circumstances that led to four US soldiers being killed during a 4 October battle in Niger, the top US officer told reporters on 23 October.

A group of 12 US special forces personnel embarked on a two-day patrol with 30 Nigerien troops about 85 km north of the capital on 3 October, but during their return to base from a village the force encountered about 50 enemy fighters. A “difficult firefight” ensued and ultimately four US citizens were killed, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joe Dunford said during a Pentagon briefing.

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