23 Oct '17, 11pm

Dunford: #USArmy soldiers ambushed in #Niger fought for an hour before calling for help - News - Stripes

WASHINGTON — Green Berets fought off an ambush by Islamic State militants in Niger for an one hour before calling for help, a sign that the U.S. soldiers and their Nigerien counterparts might have believed they had the attack under control, the top U.S. general said Monday. The U.S. forces, on a patrol near Niger’s border with Mali, eventually made a call for support as they battled insurgents armed with rocket-propelled grenades, machine guns and small arms, Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters at the Pentagon. French forces responded to the call with Mirage jets, which took 30 minutes to mobilize and 30 minutes to arrive on the site of the attack, he said. But no bombs were dropped. French armed helicopters and a Nigerian quick-reaction force showed up later that afternoon. “When they didn’t ask for support for that first hour...

Full article: https://www.stripes.com/news/dunford-us-soldiers-ambushed...

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