In the wake of one of the deadliest mass shootings in modern U.S. history, tonight, even more bad news is coming in from our military.
United States Africa Command is reporting that a patrol of U.S. Army Green Berets was ambushed in the African country of Niger. The Green Berets were training Nigerien soldiers when they came under attack.
It has been confirmed that at least 3 Army Green Berets were killed. Two others were wounded. The attack is believed to have been carried out by Al Qaeda.
Via Fox News:
Three U.S. Army Special Forces soldiers were killed and two others were wounded Wednesday in an ambush in the west African country of Niger.
U.S. Africa Command confirmed that a joint patrol of Green Berets and Nigerien soldiers was attacked in the southwestern part of Niger, near the border with Mali. Officials told Fox News that between eight and 10 troops were part of the patrol.
Officials told the Associated Press that the commandos were likely attacked by Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.
The officials added that the two wounded U.S. soldiers were taken to Niamey, the capital, and are in stable condition.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said that President Trump had been briefed on the ambush by Chief of Staff John Kelly.
Africa Command says the U.S. forces are in Niger to provide training and security assistance to the Nigerien Armed Forces in their efforts against violent extremists.
Niger, a former French colony, is one of the poorest nations in the world. In April, the State Department issued a travel warning advising American citizens against visiting the landlocked country’s border regions, including the area where the ambush took place.
“Due to security concerns and travel restrictions, the U.S. Embassy’s ability to assist U.S. citizens in remote and rural areas is very limited,” read the statement, which also warned of the possibility of kidnapping.
And via the New York Post:
US forces came under attack Wednesday in the West African nation of Niger — with three Green Berets being killed and two others wounded, reports say.
Military officials told the New York Times that Special Operations troops were ambushed during a routine patrol near the Niger-Mali border. They had been training members the Nigerien Armed Forces.
“We can confirm reports that a joint U.S. and Nigerien patrol came under hostile fire in southwest Niger,” said Lt. Cmdr. Anthony Falvo, a spokesman for the United States Africa Command in Stuttgart, Germany.
Three Army Green Berets were said to have been killed in the attack and two others wounded.
Officials told the Associated Press that the commandos were likely targeted by al Qaeda’s North African branch, al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.
The deaths mark the first time that American soldiers have died while training armed forces in Niger.
The US military has been in the country providing training and security assistance to Nigerien soldiers following the rise of the ISIS-affiliated Boko Haram terror group and al Qaeda.
Terrorists have maintained a strong presence in the region since at least 2014.
“US Forces are in Niger to provide training and security assistance to the Nigerien Armed Forces, including support for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance efforts, in their efforts to target violent extremist organizations in the region,” Falvo told CNN on Wednesday night. “One aspect of that is training, advising and assisting the Nigeriens in order to increase their ability to bring stability and security to their people.”
The commandos who were wounded on Wednesday were both taken to a hospital in Niamey, where they were reportedly listed in stable condition.
The extent of their injuries was unclear.
— US AFRICOM (@USAfricaCommand) October 4, 2017
The left immediately began with their disrespect of our fallen and attacked President Trump.
Please Lord let someone teach Trump how to pronounce "Niger" before he starts talking about it.
— Greg Olear (@gregolear) October 4, 2017
Cant wait to hear trump talk about this. And mispronounce “niger”
— Seraphina Spang (@seraphinaspang) October 5, 2017
— BWANA86a (@BWANA86a) October 5, 2017
These are the same people who love it when NFL players disrespect our fallen & active duty members by kneeling during the anthem. Disgusting.
Given President Trump’s love for our servicemen & women, he will no doubt speak to the nation soon.
Keep the families of the fallen in your prayers, and pray for the swift recovery of the heroes who have been wounded.
H/T Jeff Rainforth freedomdaily