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Pentagon investigation into lethal Niger ambush finds multiple failures

  • Report details lack of training with allies and poor organisation
  • Four US servicemen killed in ambush by local Isis affiliate

A military investigation has found “individual, organisational and institutional failures” leading up to an ambush of US special forces and local troops by an Isis-affiliated group in Niger last October.

The incident took place just south of the Niger-Mali border when a joint patrol was returning from an attempt to find a leader of Isis in the Greater Sahara (Isis-GS), Doundoun Cheffou, and were taken by surprise by a much bigger force of militants on motorbikes and pickup trucks. Five Nigerien and four American soldiers were killed.

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