Acting Minister of defence, Patrick Shanahan, joined on the left by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, testified at a House Armed Services Committee hearing on the fiscal year 2020 the Pentagon budget on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday (the Associated Press)
Acting Minister of defence, Patrick Shanahan told lawmakers on Tuesday that a second review of the deadly October 2017 ambush in Niger, which left four US soldiers dead, was in progress, with the goal of an “appropriate accountability.”
The probe was called after a further fact-finding-ordered investigation by former Minister of defense of Jim Mattis. The last report for this review was not published.
“When I was the Secretary Mattis came into this role, which has brought the recommendation to me, he had to make convened. … I find this is not sufficient,” he said during a House Armed Services Committee hearing. “So, I convened my own assessment, so I can make sure that from top to bottom, the corresponding responsibility. I don’t know when that will be completed, but I have to assume that much of the work has been done to date can be used.”
Shanahan said a new study intended to shed light on the incident, however, offer a timetable for when its review will be completed, the Army Times reported.
Islamic state militants killed army Sgt. La David Johnson, 25, in Miami Gardens, Florida.; Staff Sgt. Bryan C. Black, 35, Of Puyallup, Wash.; Staff Sergeant Jeremiah W. Johnson, 39, of Springboro, Ohio; and Staff Sgt. Dustin M. Wright, 29, of Lyons, Ga.
The soldiers, including two army Green berets, who were killed after an over-night mission.
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U.S. Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Ariz., a Marine Corps veteran, has expressed concerns that the debt could be placed on the junior officers and ignore the executives, the stars and stripes.
“It seems to me that we, the officers, the blame on the junior, and we’re just going to let go, colonels and general officers only off the hook,” Gallego said.
Shanahan holding, Top said executives responsible was the “main reason” for the second check. Matthis was reportedly upset with top military, for the accommodation of all, the debt on the Niger mission team leader.
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In a statement after the hearing, Gallego answers from the Pentagon demands.
“I will continue to for overdue reports, and details about this seemingly ‘new’ assessment of the issues surrounding the Niger ambush. The Pentagon should not be allowed to sweep the details of the issue under the rug, especially not the protection of the careers of senior officials who screwed up and killed people. Our duty to the soldiers who were killed, and their surviving comrades and families of the requirements, not less.”
In may, the United States Africa Command, found widespread problems about the military operation, the officers on the actions of the junior, the New York Times reported. The army has since officers are punished and the sailor soldiers involved in the battle.
The move by Shanahan caught several high-ranking officials by surprise and has raised concerns, including the army and special forces officers. They argue that no evidence of crime was found in various investigations, CNN reported.
According to a memo described in the network, Shanahan, the call for an independent review by a military official with full authority, full accountability, including possible criminal charges or other administrative measures.
An appointment of several days is expected to.