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Changes are coming for special ops troops deploying to Africa in the aftermath of the deadly Niger ambush | Military Times
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Changes are coming for special ops troops deploying to Africa in the aftermath of the deadly Niger ambush | Military Times

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is looking to change how U.S. special operations forces are prepared for missions in Africa after an October ambush by extremists in Niger revealed training shortfalls.

“On the Niger situation, we are making changes on the personnel assignment policy,” Mattis told reporters at the Pentagon last week. “As you know, one of the things we uncovered was some of those troops did not train together, what we thought was for a sufficiently long enough time.”

“We have changed some of the training requirements as well,” Mattis said. “But as far as our continued operations there, we continue in support of the French-led trans-Sahel effort down there, and in building our partner nations’ capacity to fight this enemy.”

Source: Changes are coming for special ops troops deploying to Africa in the aftermath of the deadly Niger ambush | Military Times