Militants Release Video of Deadly Niger Ambush
美军特种兵遭尼日尔武装分子伏击4人阵亡Staff Sgt. Bryan C. Black, Staff Sgt. Jeremiah W. Johnson, Sgt. La David T. Johnson, and Staff Sgt. Dustin M. Wright. (U.S. Army photos)
STUTTGART, Germany -- Islamic State militants have released a video that purportedly shows scenes from an October ambush in Niger in which four U.S. soldiers were killed.
The video, circulated on social media on Sunday, shows a small team of U.S. troops under heavy gunfire. Overlaid with music and propaganda messages, it opens with militants appearing to assemble before the ambush.
The nine-minute video then cuts to the view from a U.S. soldier's helmet, seized by the militants after the attack, which shows the ambush in graphic detail. This part of the video suggests the troops were heavily outgunned, with the sound of fire pouring in from several directions.
The military said it was aware of the ISIS propaganda video and asked that the imagery not be released.
A portion of the video shows the Americans crouching behind their Toyota Land Cruiser and a truck. The soldiers fired smoke grenades, which could have been used to shroud their position and to guide in airstrikes.
U.S. officials have said French air support didn't arrive until two hours after the attack. U.S. troops didn't call in for air support until about one hour after the assault, military officials have said. The apparent delay could have been a result of radio communication problems.
With no place to take cover, two soldiers broke into a sprint, the video shows. One soldier fell after being shot. Moments later, helmet cam video shows the soldier shot again at close range as masked militants appear around him.
Killed in the ambush were Sgt. La David Johnson and Staff Sgts. Bryan Black, Jeremiah Johnson and Dustin Wright.
The roughly 40-person U.S.-Nigerien patrol, which included 12 U.S. soldiers, came under attack on the morning of Oct. 4 by about 50 Islamic State fighters as the unit was returning to its camp. The propaganda video showed only a small group of U.S. soldiers, who appear to have been separated from the rest of their team.
The patrol had left the Nigerien capital of Niamey on Oct. 3 to meet with local leaders near the village of Tongo Tongo, about 53 miles to the north.
U.S. Africa Command continues to investigate the attack and whether U.S. troops had sufficient resources to carry out patrols where different militant groups operate. The military says its forces are deployed as advisers to local troops.
In the wake of the ambush some lawmakers are questioning the wisdom of the Niger mission.
"We don't know exactly where we're at in the world militarily and what we're doing," Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham said on NBC's "Meet the Press" after the attack. There are about 800 American troops in Niger.
共和党参议员林赛·格雷厄姆在美国全国广播公司(NBC)的“会见媒体”(Meet The Press)节目中表示：“我们不了解我们在世界上的军事地位，以及我们现在正在做些什么。”有大约800名美军部署在尼日尔。
AFRICOM, expected to wrap up its investigation in the coming weeks, condemned the video.
"The release of these materials demonstrates the depravity of the enemy we are fighting," AFRICOM said in a statement. "We encourage the news media to deny ISIS a propaganda success by not purchasing, showing or bringing undue attention to these images as it re-victimizes the affected families, amplifies IS atrocities and aids in their recruiting."
This is pretty bad. How about the soldier that was hacked to death by the seals in the same area. This is worse then having our soldiers killed by the Isis Marines.
MILITARY WATCHDOG -- Congress questions much and does mostly nothing.
I wonder if the general in charge of this amphibious disaster is going to be held accountable.
more likely promoted.
Are we gonna have another Mogadishu? Because i feel like we're getting there.
NIGER: GDP per capita, $363.23! Ranking on the TI corrution index, 112/180 with a score of 33 out of a possible 100! Life Expectancy, 61.97 years! Literacy, 27%! Unemployment, 14.2% This is another LandLocked HH that we have ZERO interest in and ZERO reason to be in. GET OUT NOW!
Conrad Vonblankenburg5 days ago
I watched the body camera video on the violent hour TV last night. The final frame is when the warrior wearing the body camera is shot dead. Give the "Flag" who ordered this mission the fireing squad. After a fair trial!
When will we evr learn, no one can win a guerilla war if they don't have the support of the locals? We can win any face to face war but have not learned our lesson with guerilla warfare. Who gives a damn about these worthless countries except for their oil or minerals?
Not first time our troops have been put in a unwinable situation. I am sure that these brave men died with no rounds left to fire doing the job that they were trained to do and signed up for.
Hopefully their mission was not politically driven.
KEVIN 2 weeks ago
Should have been RECON IN FORCE and keep your ass wired tight at all times. I was told this a long time ago.
This situation has been so typical since the Nam War. Can't tell people how many times Marines were sent out on missions where we were undermanned. It was absolutely absurd. The bad guys always had eyes on us, knew what was going on and just waited for the right time for an ambush. I can understan sneek and peak missions, say like with ForceRecon but, they were usually not out there looking for a fight or pitched battle with the bad guys. As usual, the Brass Hat Bigade ignores decades of combat history and they send people out based upon their arrogant decisions and underestimating an enemy and an enemies capabilities. Some heads should role for this decision in Niger, heads should have rolled for the Benghazi incident and plenty of others incidents. Usually, the Brigade I mentioned previously, will do a tap dance and do all in their power to evade responsibility. One has to wonder, exactly what kind of tactics are being taught at OCS and any of our Academies? Based upon the results, apparently not much, as the same mistakes keep getting made and costing American lives.
Rudolph Shackelford2 weeks ago
Sad, sad, sad. My bet is the AfriCom protocols for mission change /realingement require additional threat assements to be completed and they were not. Therefore the men in the field took the hits.
Rest in peace brave Soldiers, Amen.
Heads should roll...
We need to be in Africa and anyone who says other wise doesn't know what he's talking about! The Chinese are all over Africa. They are building roads and buildings becasue they know it is resources rich. The people in charge of this operation all the way up to the BDE commander level should be fired! Here is your pink slip! If it goes to the general level so be it! Here's another pink slip! From the beginning this operation smelled, like it was planned by amateurs.
I agree with your premmise but not with the method of your post. I have been to and lived in several countries in Africa as well as the rest of the world. The people in their own respective countries need to develope their OWN resourses in an equitable manner. Every place I go in other countries the PLA/PRC has a project to make money. They do it without a military force. They bribe their way in and use slave labor. America can not manage America! Let alone any thing else. Fix America now!
Another sad saga in the military history of the USA. Totally self-inflicted and a national disgrace.