Some more details have come in about the United States Special Forces that were caught in the Niger ambush. The local Nigerien forces fled the scene and left the Green Berets to fight alone.
The circumstances that led to the ambush are bones of contention in the United States Congress. There are questions as to what their mission was and were the troops adequately prepared for any situation. Senator John McCain questions the failure of intelligence to prevent the troops from walking into an ambush. Read the rest of the story below.
As Written By Jason Burke and Julian Borger for The Guardian:
The US special forces detachment ambushed in the Niger last month fought alone for hours after the local Nigerien forces they were accompanying fled in the first minutes of the engagement, retired and serving special forces officers with knowledge of events have said.
The trapped soldiers also made repeated efforts to convince French warplanes sent from neighbouring Mali to engage the enemy, attempting to “talk in” the pilots who refused to attack due to poor weather, rough terrain and an inability to differentiate friend from foe, the officers said.
Four US Green Berets and five Nigerien troops died in the incident, which has been the focus of an intense debate in Washington over the executive branch’s extensive powers to use military force abroad without congressional approval and with little oversight.
The Niger incident has been described as an “intelligence failure” by the Republican senator John McCain, who blamed it on budget cuts.
The US troops were part of a “train and equip” programme, but the incident has prompted questions in Congress on where such missions blur into counter-terrorist combat.
Controversy flared after…….
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