The Pentagon has just confirmed that 4 Army Green Berets from North Carolina’s Fort Bragg were killed in action Wednesday night in Niger, Africa.
3 of the soldiers were Staff Sgts. Bryan Black, 35, of Puyallup, Wash.; Jeremiah Johnson, 39, of Springboro, Ohio; and Dustin Wright, 29, of Lyons, Ga., and the 4th has yet to be named. They were killed after their patrol came under attack by a Mali-based militant group.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders held a press briefing to discuss the ambush on U.S. forces in Niger and President Trump’s visit to Las Vegas;
The green berets assigned to the 3rd Special Forces Group at North Carolina’s Fort Bragg Army base – one of the largest military bases in the country. This morning, the Pentagon announced that 3 of the soldiers were killed.
Three @USArmy Green Berets killed in Niger this week are identified as decorated soldiers based out of Fort Bragg. https://t.co/BcPNaBauCV pic.twitter.com/ZkpKNxwtD6
— Fox News (@FoxNews) October 6, 2017
About 6 hours later, they confirmed the 4th;
US Special Forces soldiers observe Nigerien military training. Fourth US soldier confirmed dead in Niger attack https://t.co/d4wNptrmr9 pic.twitter.com/AXuLuk7FCV
— AFP news agency (@AFP) October 7, 2017
The group was on a joint patrol with Nigerien soldiers near Mali’s border when they “fell into an ambush set by terrorist elements aboard a dozen vehicles and about twenty motorcycles,” according to a statement from Niger’s army chief of staff.
The soldiers were about to kill 4 and wound 8 more Nigerien soldiers “after intense fighting, during which elements of the joint force showed exemplary courage,” according to the statement.
No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack, but both US and Niger officials both suspect ISIS.
Pentagon officials refused to say where it took place or what the mission was, citing “ongoing operations.”