Series of failures led to deadly Niger ambush-US military report

Series of failures led to deadly Niger ambush-US military report

Contrary to some earlier media reports and eyewitness accounts, the report says none of the USA forces were captured before they were killed, and none of them suffered.

While the mission was underway, the team was ordered by superiors to assist a separate USA team sent to search for Chefou by helicopter.

A summary of the report released Thursday details the need for improved mission planning and approval processes, in addition to a review of weapon requirements and training exercises with US -allied forces, according to The Associated Press.

Killed in the battle were Staff Sgt. Jeremiah W. Johnson, 39; Staff Sgt. Bryan C. Black, 35; Staff Sgt. Dustin M. Wright, 29; and Sgt.

Waldhauser, the commander of U.S. Africa Command, and Army Maj.

Mattis also has directed U.S. Special Operations Command to review training, operating procedures, operational-level planning and other relevant factors, and he has directed the undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness to review DOD policies that adversely affect units' cohesion and lethality.

"The investigation identifies individual, organizational and institutional failures and deficiencies that contributed to the tragic events of 4 October 2017.no single failure or deficiency was the sole reason for the events", an eight-page summary of the report says. The document "contributed to a general lack of situational awareness and command oversight at every echelon".

If those conditions are not met, the US troops will work from fortified command centers to advise African forces on intelligence, logistics, artillery and other aspects of big operations that are important - but not as flashy as front-line combat against a range of groups aligned with al-Qaida or the Islamic State group.

Before leaving their base near the Nigerien capital of Niamey on October 3, the dozen-man special operations team had reported that they would be conducting reconnaissance and meeting with tribal leaders. Gen. Roger Cloutier Jr. told reporters during a Pentagon press conference.

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- Sgt. La David Johnson's "hands were not bound and he was not executed but was killed in action while actively engaging the enemy". None were captured alive by the enemy, and all died immediately or quickly from their wounds, it said.

Senior commanders, unaware of the team's earlier actions, then ordered the troops to serve as backup for a second team's raid, also targeting Chefou.

Bad weather forced cancellation of the team moving by helicopter, leaving only the team from Niamey to pursue Chefou.

On the way back to its base, after carrying out a separate mission to gather intelligence, the team stopped at the village of Tongo Tongo to resupply. La David Johnson and three other soldiers dead after an ambush in Niger, near the village of Tongo Tongo.

The summary of the report did not determine whether the villagers of Tongo Tongo has assisted ISIS in the attack.

About 50 minutes after the U.S. team called for help, French warplanes arrived, and conducted several, low fly-bys to help scare off the IS-linked fighters, giving rescue teams time to move in and evacuate the remaining U.S. -Nigerien forces.

Waldhauser called the mischaracterization of the mission unacceptable, but Cloutier rejected suggestions the team leaders lied. Johnson's body wasn't found until two days later. La David T. Johnson, 25. Families of the fallen troops have been briefed on the investigation, including details of their loved ones' final moments as they battled as many as 100 insurgents in a fierce firefight. Wright's father, Arnold Wright, told the Associated Press he anxious that the Army would pin the blame on lower-ranking soldiers and not accept command responsibility.

"The whole thing was a screwed-up mess", said Arnold Wright, father of Staff Sgt. Dustin Wright of Lyons, Georgia, who was killed in the attack.

One of the questions that is expected to be answered is how Sgt.

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