Families of US Soldiers Slain in Niger Briefed by Pentagon After Investigation

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The US military has begun briefing the families of the four American troops who were killed in an ambush in Niger on October 4, 2017, by Islamist militants of the local Daesh offshoot, Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (ISGS).

As the Pentagon’s investigation into the incident draws to a close, the families of the US soldiers who lost their lives in Niger that day may finally be getting some answers regarding how and why their loved ones died: Col. Rob Manning, a Pentagon spokesperson, said Monday that the military is “currently in the process of briefing the families of those fallen soldiers in order to provide them with the results of the investigation.”

News about the family meetings follows an April 6 briefing to Congress in which Marine Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, the commander of US Africa Command (AFRICOM), said that the investigation was “exhaustive” and “very, very detailed,” but that Secretary of Defense James Mattis still needed to approve the resulting report before Waldhauser could testify about its findings. 

Congress will get those details after the slain soldiers’ families have all been briefed on the report, which Mattis in early February said was thousands of pages long. After Congress gets its turn, then the American public will get theirs.

Waldhauser is expected to give a public briefing as early as this week alongside Army Maj. Gen. Roger Cloutier, who led the investigation,…

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