US Army sgt. killed in Niger was not recorded or carried out
Military report releases more information.
The leader of an American military mission in Niger, which ended in the ambush and killing of four soldiers reportedly concerned that he does not have the right intelligence or equipment for the head in the border area where the attack happened, but had to anyway.
Ministry of defence officials told the New York Times that the leader of Operational Detachment-Alpha Team 3212, Capt. Michael Perozeni, originally planned a whole day of “civil reconnaissance” trip on Oct. 3 to meet with tribal elders in the African country.
However, prior to leaving his base in Ouallam, Perozeni received an order for its team to participate in a kill-or-capture mission, Doundoun Cheffou, an Islamic State-linked militant believed to be behind the kidnapping of an American in Mali, the officials said.
The order came from a junior officer – who is of the same grade as Perozoni – to fill in for a regional commander, who was on paternity leave.
Perozeni fought back against, saying his troops are not the proper intelligence and equipment to help in the raid, the New York Times reported. Despite his worries, Perozeni wanted to not resist the orders and pressed on anyway, the officials added.
That mission ended up getting demolished than weather-related issues and Perozeni the team under the direction of their original destination of Tiloa. But when the members of the team were given the command to switch routes and go in the near of the border with Mali in order to gather information about a desert camp that intelligence officials claimed Cheffou had recently left.
After searching the camp, the American troops were ambushed the next day by Islamic militants with rocket-propelled grenades and heavy machine guns, while stopped in Tongo Tongo for water, the New York Times reported.
Perozeni and Sgt. First Class Brent Bartels, a radio operator, were wounded in that attack, and Sgt. La David Johnson, Staff Sgt. Bryan Black, Staff Sgt. Jeremiah Johnson and Staff Sgt. Dustin Wright were killed.
A first investigation of the ambush indicated that senior managers and leaders of the Africa Command and the Special Operations division in Stuttgart, Germany, and the Special Activities of the regional command in Chad were not informed of the change in the routes, according to the New York Times.
The current and ex-military officials also told the newspaper that they were surprised that Maj. Alan Of sa, s – the junior officer to fill in for the regional commander would feel to make that appeal to the mission to change, without obtaining the approval of his higher-ups.
“This is not in accordance with the approval for this type of re-mission,” Brig. Gen. Donald C. Bolduc, a former commander of the Special forces in Africa, told the New York Times. “Captains don’t have this competence. Plus, if the ground commander pushes back on the mission, this should be a red flag for everyone in the chain of command.”
Two Defense Department officials said Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, Jr. are concerned that low-level officials are to blame for the ambush in place of senior-level staff. But one of the officials added that the results of the research may change.
The New York Times comes almost a week after the US Africa Command, revealed that the American armed forces in Niger were the targets of yet another terrorist ambush in December.
U. S. Africa Command said the Dec. 6 ambush, in which 11 ISIS fighters were killed and no AMERICAN or Nigerien troops were injured, happened in the Lake Chad Basin area during a mission to ‘ set the conditions for a future partner-operations against violent extremist organizations in the region.”
“A combined force of Nigerien and AMERICAN military members came under fire from the formation of violent extremists,” Africa Command said in a statement to Fox News. “We reviewed 11 enemy killed in action, including two wearing suicide vests, and one weapons cache was destroyed during this mission.”