Military Owes Families More Info On Niger

Military Owes Families More Info On Niger

The attack on U.S. troops in Niger that left four soldiers dead earlier this month has triggered a broader discussion about Washington's military engagement in Africa and the public's knowledge about it.

Dunford acknowledged that many questions are still unanswered and even the Pentagon does not know exactly what happened and why.

After Daesh lost its de facto capital Raqqa in Syria this month, and its Iraqi stronghold of Mosul earlier, the group "has aspirations to establish a larger presence" in Africa, the US military's top officer General Joseph Dunford said on Monday.

Most important, however, it raises larger questions about why hundreds of US troops are in Niger in the first place, why four of them died in a firefight three weeks ago, and why influential members of Congress were apparently unaware of the deployment. Nor is it clear why they did not request support until an hour later and not - as previously stated by the Pentagon - half an hour after the battle begun. How did the one US soldier become separated, his body missing for so long? Dunford said the military will make recommendations to President Donald Trump and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis "for the allocation of forces that meet what we see as the threat, what we anticipate the threat to be". "The unit stayed a little longer than expected because apparently people were aware that something was going on".

But there's always more escalation to be done, and while the recent ambush that killed four USA troops did reveal the current level of ground troops in the country, something that virtually no one knew, it's also set the stage for arming drones in the country and carrying out drone strikes. That base is now under construction in the city of Agadez, where the U.S. is preparing major facilities to house and launch MQ-9 hunter-killer drones. Trump had earlier alleged that previous presidents including President Obama didn't call the families of American soldiers killed in action.

After conferring with Defense Secretary James Mattis, Dunford said the two agreed there would be a sense of urgency to the investigation on the incident, but would also prioritize it so that the "investigation is accurate".

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Most of the USA forces in Niger are developing a second drone base in Niger's northern desert. "If we can stop and help them stop terrorists there, then we have less to worry about on the homefront". Last week, The New York Times reported the Pentagon had launched its own investigation to determine whether American forces involved in the ambush diverted from their routine patrol to embark on an unapproved military mission. Just so you understand - they put a chart in front, La David. All three men occupy positions usually filled by civilians. "You look at what's happening in the Middle East". But the general public and USA lawmakers have also not exactly clamored for constant updates.

General Dunford emphasised that many questions still remain, including the circumstances that led to one soldier, Sgt La David Johnson, being separated from the group.

"Americans aren't doing the actual fighting unless it's self defense, and in this instance, to me it clearly was self-defense", Bisa Williams, former USA ambassador to Niger, told CBS News. They persuaded him to increase our military involvement in Syria. Dunford said the war is moving to multiple arenas. "But the bias is towards enabling local African partners to conduct operations in Africa".

While the USA has thus relatively small contingents of troops deployed in most African countries it is present, the number of 800 U.S. military personnel in Niger still dwarfs the number of personnel deployed by United States development agencies to the country, said Goodman, which many view as lopsided.

The White House has been criticised for its handling of the first major military deployment since Donald Trump took office, which claimed the lives of four U.S. servicemen. "For SFA, small footprints will usually mean small payoffs", it concluded.

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