30 Jul '18, 10pm

After deadly Niger ambush, US military in Africa says changes made to protect troops

After deadly Niger ambush, US military in Africa says changes made to protect troops

DAKAR, Senegal — The U.S. military in Africa has taken steps to increase the security of troops on the ground , adding armed drones and armored vehicles and taking a harder look at when American forces go out with local troops, the head of the U.S. Africa Command said Monday. Gen. Thomas D. Waldhauser told reporters the U.S. also has cut the response time needed for medical evacuations — the result of a broad review in the wake of last year's ambush in Niger that killed four U.S. soldiers and four of their Niger counterparts. "Since that happened, there were significant things to change and learn," Waldhauser said. "We've done a thorough scrub really on every level, whether it's at a tactical level ... or how we conduct business at AFRICOM." In Niger attack, risk-taking culture and complacency led to deadly ambush Low-level commanders “took liberties to get operations appr...

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