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US Troops Met with ‘overwhelming force’ in Niger Ambush | ABC News
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US Troops Met with ‘overwhelming force’ in Niger Ambush | ABC News

Confusion over what happened during an ambush of U.S. Special Forces in Niger earlier this month apparently sparked a full Pentagon probe of the incident announced Thursday, which some officials say could have had even worse casualties than four American soldiers killed from the small, “out-matched” team.

Officials have described a harrowing burst of violence in or near a village close to Niger’s border with Mali on Oct. 4, which led to the first U.S. combat deaths in the small African nation battling Islamist extremists.

The gunfight may have split the team of a dozen or fewer American commandos in half, according to one counterterrorism official. It was so chaotic that one soldier remained missing for up to 36 hours before his remains were recovered.

Source: US troops met with ‘overwhelming force’ in Niger ambush, official says | ABC News