Three United States Army Special Forces were killed and two were injured on Wednesday in an ambush attack in southwest Niger.
Two U.S. military officials told the The New York Times all five soldiers were Green Berets. According to a statement from U.S. Africa Command, at the time of the attack, the U.S. was assisting Nigerien security force counter-terror operations. U.S. Africa Command says American forces are in Niger to provide training and security assistance to the Nigerien Armed Forces in their fight against extremist organizations.
The Washington Post reports the deaths mark the first known American hostile-fire casualties in Niger.