US Troops Suffer First Casualties in Niger with 3 Dead, 2 Wounded

US and Nigerian troops came under siege last night marking the first loss of life in the nations mission to assist Nigerian forces against the Al-Queda regime. As many as 3 Green Beret’s were killed in combat, with 2 others wounded. This comes after the death of a Navy SEAL, and 2 other American Service members earlier this year in Somalia.

The militant group is said to be extremely skilled and have produced defense strategies in effort avoid capture. One of their primary tactics is to “embed themselves into communities as well as political borders and differences to escape capture,”  J. Peter Pham, vice president at the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center in Washington told The New York Times. The US in effort to better monitor such insurgents is currently investing in a $50 million drone base in Agadez, Niger.

[via The New York Times]

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