The physique of a U.S. Particular Forces commando who disappeared after an ambush in Niger was recovered Friday, elevating the variety of American troopers killed within the assault to 4.
The invention got here two days after three Inexperienced Berets have been killed throughout a joint U.S. and Nigerien patrol in an space focused by Al Qaeda within the Islamic Maghreb militants.
The Nigerian military stated the patrol “fell into an ambush set by terrorist parts aboard a dozen automobiles and about twenty bikes.”
4 Nigerian troopers have been additionally killed within the assault close to the Mali border — and two different U.S. service members have been wounded, officers stated.
Three U.S. Military Inexperienced Berets killed, two wounded in Niger
The injured People have been evacuated in secure situation to a German hospital, officers stated.
The Military on Friday recognized three of the 4 lifeless American commandoes — Employees Sgts. Bryan Black, 35, of Puyallup, Wash.; Jeremiah Johnson, 39, of Springboro, Ohio; and Dustin Wright, 29, of Lyons, Ga.
The trio have been assigned to third Particular Forces Group based mostly at Fort Bragg, N.C.
No group has claimed duty for the assault.
Roughly 800 troops are stationed within the West African nation, together with small groups of elite commandoes on the bottom to advise native troops battling an array of terror teams.
“Niger is a vital associate of ours, we’ve a deep relationship with them,” Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie informed reporters on the Pentagon Thursday.
“We’re dedicated to that relationship … I feel it is an excellent success story.”
Ship a Letter to the Editor