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Niger Attack Lays Bare U.S. Troops’ Long Wait for Medical Help in Africa | The New York Times
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Niger Attack Lays Bare U.S. Troops’ Long Wait for Medical Help in Africa | The New York Times

When a team of Green Berets in unarmored pickup trucks came under fire in Niger last week, they quickly found themselves in the middle of a nightmare battlefield scenario: outgunned, taking casualties and far from friendly support.

The operation, which left four American soldiers dead and two wounded, is now under investigation, Pentagon officials said. That inquiry, senior military officials said, will likely reveal that the American troops had deployed to a hostile area without adequately assessing the risk, and lacked ready access to medical support.

Battlefield commanders have called medical aid an ethical obligation.

Source: Niger Attack Lays Bare U.S. Troops’ Long Wait for Medical Help in Africa | The New York Times