The United States military is still investigating the events that occurred in Niger two weeks ago when four U.S. soldiers were killed during an ambush, apparently by a regional branch of the Islamic State. Tensions have risen in the region
U.S. Army Green Berets are stationed in Niger as part of an operation to help train the country’s military and assist in counter-terrorism efforts. Specifically, the neutralization of ISIS in the Greater Sahara (ISGS) is a main priority of the military endeavor.
ISIS in the Greater Sahara (ISGS) was founded in 2015 after the group’s leader, Adnan Abu Walid al-Sahrawi, split from an al-Qaeda group and pledged allegiance to ISIS.
According to two U.S. defense officials, the Pentagon’s Africa Command (AFRICOM) has dispatched a team to Niger to verify and investigate the details of what happened. The Pentagon officials are cautious to label this dispatch as an investigation. However, they maintain that the events of Oct.4 are unclear.