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The Crossroads of Special Operations

Friday, April 16, 2021

Shanahan declines to punish senior officers in Niger ambush | Politico

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Acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan is not recommending punishments for higher-level commanders for the ambush that killed four American soldiers in Niger a year and a half ago, despite calls from some lawmakers and former officers to hold more senior personnel accountable for the ill-fated operation.

Shanahan has accepted the conclusions of Army Gen. Robert Brown, whom he tapped earlier this year to review two previous military investigations into the 2017 attack, according to two defense officials familiar with the matter. The earlier inquiries had led to reprimands for seven Green Berets and a two-star Air Force general — but other senior officers in the chain of command have not been punished, including a Green Beret colonel who was the senior special operations commander for northwest Africa at the time.

In the ambush, a team of U.S. special operations troops in the West African country were attacked by a much larger force of Islamist militants.

Source: Shanahan declines to punish senior officers in Niger ambush | Politico

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