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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