Niger Aftermath Highlights Need for Stronger American Policy
Congressional hearings recently delved into last month’s attack on a joint patrol in a Nigerien village near the border with Mali. American special forces troops and Nigerien soldiers were ambushed by Islamic State militants, resulting in the tragic deaths of five Nigerien soldiers and four U.S. servicemen. Details of the ambush are still emerging, and the administration’s rationale for having troops there and the specifics of what went wrong remain troublesomely opaque.
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Former Senior Policy Analyst, Sustainable Security and Peacebuilding Initiative
Senior Fellow; Executive Director, Sustainable Security and Peacebuilding Initiative