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U.S. Gen. Reins in Special Operations Forces in Africa After Niger Deaths and Daily Beast Investigations | The Daily Beast
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U.S. Gen. Reins in Special Operations Forces in Africa After Niger Deaths and Daily Beast Investigations | The Daily Beast

With U.S. military interventions in Africa facing increased scrutiny, the commander of U.S. Special Operations Forces in Africa (SOCAFRICA) sent an internal letter to his forces this week urging greater caution in the field.

This comes after the deaths of four U.S. soldiers on a controversial mission in Niger in October, and three recent investigations by The Daily Beast that revealed details about other incidents: the death of a Navy SEAL in Somalia in May, the alleged murder of a U.S. Army Special Forces sergeant by two Navy SEALs in June, and strong evidence that American soldiers participated in the massacre of 10 civilians in Somalia in August.

Last week, the House Foreign Affairs Committee held a hearing into “counterterrorism efforts in Africa” that addressed some of these issues. And this week, following indications that the internal investigation of the August incident may have been inadequate, Marine Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, head of U.S. Africa Command, requested the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) open an independent inquiry.

Source: U.S. Gen. Reins in Special Operations Forces in Africa After Niger Deaths and Daily Beast Investigations | The Daily Beast