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Probe finds deadly Niger mission lacked proper approval

Probe finds deadly Niger mission lacked proper approvalWASHINGTON (AP) — A military investigation into the Niger attack that killed four American service members concludes the team didn't get required senior command approval for their risky mission to capture a high-level Islamic State militant, several U.S. officials familiar with the report said. It doesn't point to that failure as a cause of the deadly ambush.



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Italy PM plans to shift military forces from Iraq to Niger

Italy PM plans to shift military forces from Iraq to NigerItalian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni said on Sunday he would propose to parliament transferring some of the country’s troops stationed in Iraq to Niger to fight people smuggling and terrorism. Gentiloni said Italy’s 1,400-strong military presence in Iraq could now be reduced after victories against Islamic militants and instead deployed in the Sahel region of West Africa. “We have to continue to work, concentrating our attention and energies on the threat of people trafficking and terrorism in the Sahel,” he said aboard the Italian ship Etna used in the European Union’s “Sophia” operation to counter people smuggling in the Mediterranean.



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U.S. Soldier Ambushed in Niger Wasn't Captured

U.S. Soldier Ambushed in Niger Wasn't CapturedSgt. La David T. Johnson wasn't captured alive or executed at close range



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U.S. Soldier Ambushed in Niger Wasn't Captured

U.S. Soldier Ambushed in Niger Wasn't CapturedSgt. La David T. Johnson wasn't captured alive or executed at close range



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U.S. Military Investigation Finds More Remains in Niger

U.S. Military Investigation Finds More Remains in NigerThe Pentagon revealed it found additional human remains of a U.S. soldier killed during the Oct. 4 ambush in Niger.



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Additional remains found of U.S. soldier killed in Niger

Additional remains found of U.S. soldier killed in NigerInvestigators found additional human remains in early November of U.S. Army Sergeant La David Johnson, who was killed in an ambush last month in Niger along with three other U.S. soldiers, the Pentagon said on Tuesday. The ambush drew attention to the little-known U.S. military presence in Niger, and it came under further scrutiny when President Donald Trump’s handling of condolence messages to the families of the dead U.S. soldiers was criticized by lawmakers in Washington. Investigators found the remains on Nov. 12 and military medical examiners have verified that the remains were Johnson’s, Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said in a statement.



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Army Sgt. La David Johnson Found Bound, May Have Been Executed In Niger: Report

Army Sgt. La David Johnson Found Bound, May Have Been Executed In Niger: ReportLa David Johnson was found with his arms tied being his back and a major wound in the back of his head, indicating he may have been captured and executed in Niger last month, The Washington Post reported, citing local villagers.



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US special forces 'fought Niger ambush alone after local troops fled'

US special forces 'fought Niger ambush alone after local troops fled'Johnson and three other US soldiers were killed in Niger on 4 October. 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. 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.



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US mission in Niger not what US commanders say it was: report

US mission in Niger not what US commanders say it was: reportThe military operation that left four US commandos dead in Niger was actually a mission to capture or kill a jihadist leader, not a routine reconnaissance patrol as asserted by the Pentagon, ABC News reported Thursday. The target of the October 3-4 overnight operation was a jihadist leader — known locally as Dandou — linked to the Islamic State and al-Qaeda, the network said, quoting senior Nigerien officials. The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Joseph Dunford, told reporters last week the operation was a reconnaissance mission.



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The Real Reason U.S. Troops Are in Niger

The Real Reason U.S. Troops Are in NigerHint: This is a local and regional conflict, not a global one.



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