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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP26 Oct 2017 12:50 p.m. PST

…For Years.

"U.S. forces operating in Niger have been shot at numerous times during the past two years.
They've hit a roadside bomb in a remote northern part of the country. And they've gone on reconnaissance patrols, where no enemy contact was expected but violence suddenly flared.

"We've had guys in firefights there before as a result of our partners getting in firefights. That happens," said Donald Bolduc, who commanded special operations forces in Africa until June.

Outside the public eye, troops have suffered minor injuries in connection with those incidents, Bolduc said Wednesday in an interview with Stars and Stripes. One soldier died earlier this year in a vehicle rollover not far from where four U.S. soldiers were killed in an Oct. 4 ambush…"
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USAFpilot26 Oct 2017 1:58 p.m. PST

"Meanwhile, Washington should pay closer attention to operations in Africa, Bolduc said. The controversy over the deaths of four soldiers has been politicized, he said."

The last thing military personnel who are serving in harms way want is someone in Washington micro-managing their mission.

Personal logo Striker Supporting Member of TMP26 Oct 2017 4:42 p.m. PST

From the article it sounds like Washington direction is the SOP. I'm glad the DC crowd thought about this before sending any troops over there.

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