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Could Niger Attack Have Been Avoided?

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Four U.S. soldiers killed on patrol in Niger did not expect to make contact with the enemy and were caught by surprise when 40 to 50 militants ambushed their position, according to reports.

The attack occurred on Oct. 4 when the commandos were on a joint patrol near the Mali border about 120 miles north of Niamey, Niger’s capital. Four Nigerien soldiers were also killed in the attack, which U.S. officials have said was likely conducted by extremists linked to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

The U.S. Africa Command is investigating whether any of the soldiers could have been saved if they had been evacuated more quickly.

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