4th US Soldier Dead After Attack in Niger



Staff Sgts. Bryan C. Black, 35, of Puyallup, Wash.; Jeremiah W. Johnson, 39, of Springboro, Ohio; and Dustin M. Wright, 29, of Lyons, Ga., all died in the attack.

The two injured U.S. soldiers had been evacuated to the Landstuhul Regional Medical Centre in Germany and were in a stable condition, it added.

"U.S. Forces are in Niger to provide training and security assistance to the Nigerien Armed Forces, including support for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) efforts, in their efforts to target violent extremist organizations in the region", said U.S. Navy Lt. Cdr. On Wednesday, U.S. officials said three U.S. Army special operations commandos and two others were wounded when they came under fire in southwest Niger.

Wright was assigned to 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Bragg in North Carolina.

The officials weren't authorised to discuss the matter publicly so spoke on condition of anonymity.

The other portion of the team was trapped inside the ambush and would fight their aggressors until the end, resulting in three U.S. Special Forces soldiers dead with two more wounded and reportedly eight Nigeriens dead or injured.

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According to a statement by Niger's army chief of staff, the joint patrol was attacked by "terrorist elements" in a dozen vehicles and about 20 motorcycles.

Officials have said the Green Berets were likely attacked by al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb militants.

The joint patrol of United States and Niger forces were leaving a meeting with tribal leaders and were in trucks. He enlisted in the Army in July 2012, and served as a Special Forces Engineer Sergeant. Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Burkina Faso and Chad are putting together a 5,000-strong G5 Sahel force to fight the growing threat from extremists in the vast Sahel region.

There are about 800 US military personnel in Niger helping that country's counterterrorism efforts against extremist groups.

The Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution in June welcoming the deployment, but at U.S. insistence it did not include any possibility of United Nations financing for the force.

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