Ni­amey, Niger

The Week (US) - - News 9 -

Green Berets killed: Four U.S. Army Green Berets were killed in Niger last week after their joint pa­trol with Nige­rian troops was am­bushed by a large force of Is­lamist ex­trem­ists. Four Nige­rian sol­diers were killed and two more U.S. of­fi­cers wounded in the 30-minute fire­fight. The pa­trol was at­tacked by up to 50 mil­i­tants in ve­hi­cles and on mo­tor­bikes as it left a meet­ing with tribal elders in Niger near the Mali bor­der; U.S. of­fi­cials said ex­trem­ists linked to ISIS were likely be­hind the am­bush. Some 800 U.S. troops are in Niger train­ing and as­sist­ing re­gional forces to fight mul­ti­ple ex­trem­ist groups, in­clud­ing al Qaida in the Is­lamic Maghreb, ISIS, and Boko Haram. The four fallen sol­diers were based out of Fort Bragg, N.C.

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