Western Africa

U.S forces disclose West Africa gun battle

STAFF WRITER

JOHANNESBURG- The United States Special Forces have disclosed that together with Niger troops killed 11 Islamist militants from a Boko Haram splinter group in a firefight in December.

This was the first time the U.S. military publicly acknowledged the matter.

The December 6 Niger battle, according to reports, saw US Green Berets and Nigerien military engaged in a protracted gun battle that left 11 suspected ISIS fighters killed.

The Pentagon gave no reason why the incident wasn’t reported in the first place, but the New York Times was reporting that this was one of at least 10 unreported cases of US troops being in combat between 2015 and 2017 in Western Africa.

 

 

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