U.S. soldiers killed in ambush in Niger

Aaron Brown
October 7, 2017

The Department of Defense released the names of three soliders killed in Niger on October 4th.

According to the sources, one soldier form Niger was also killed in the attack.

Eight other Nigeriens were wounded, as were two members of the US forces who are providing training to the Nigerien Army on combating extremists in the region.

After an extensive search, a USA soldier who had been missing for almost two days in Niger has been found dead, a result of a deadly ambush by dozens of Islamic extremists on a joint patrol of American and Niger forces, United States officials said today.

According to a statement by Niger's army chief of staff, the joint patrol was attacked by "terrorist elements" in a dozen vehicles and about 20 motorcycles. The deaths and injuries came "after intense fighting, during which elements of the joint force showed exemplary courage".

Two other soldiers were wounded in the incident and are receiving medical treatment at a U.S. Army hospital in Germany.

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His brother, Will, who also served, described his younger brother as "an wonderful special forces soldier and an unbelievable friend".

Black, Johnson and Wright died of wounds sustained during enemy contact, the Pentagon said.

The US and Niger forces were leaving a meeting with tribal leaders when they were ambushed.

Niger's President Mahamadou Issoufou said in an earlier address that the terrorist attack had claimed "a significant number of victims". His awards and decorations included the Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Special Forces Tab, and Parachutist Badge. Bryan C. Black, 35, of Washington; SSgt.

His awards and decorations include the Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Special Forces Tab, Ranger Tab, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, and Marksmanship Qualification Badge - Sharpshooter with Rifle.

Johnson served as a Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Specialist (74D).

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