STUTTGART, Germany — U.S. Africa Command has accomplished its long-awaited investigation of itself after the lethal Oct. 2017 ambush in Niger and has discovered no issues by any means, sources confirmed right this moment.
In an Eight-page unclassified abstract of its investigation into the incident, which resulted in 4 American and 4 Nigerien troopers killed, Africa Command discovered that there have been various errors in any respect ranges of management previous to the raid however every of them canceled one another out, so no blame may very well be assigned.
“We’ve checked out all of the related info and interviewed tons of of witnesses,” mentioned Marine Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, head of Africa Command. “And we’ve got discovered that this assault was attributable to ISIS alone. Having air help, heavy weapons, armored vehicles, or correct intelligence in regards to the state of affairs on the bottom from this crew’s management wouldn’t have modified the result.”
Certainly, sources contained in the command advised reporters there have been “particular person, organizational, and institutional failures that contributed to the tragic occasions” of Oct. four, however “no single failure or deficiency was the only cause” for what occurred in Niger, since that sole cause was most likely somebody apart from an enlisted soldier.
The investigation discovered that the air help plan was woefully insufficient, since French jets didn’t seem on station till 47 minutes after the firefight started, they usually couldn’t fireplace on enemy forces since there was no communication with the bottom. Worse nonetheless, in response to Africa Command sources, was that some on the Particular Forces crew weren’t carrying eye safety and others left their base carrying Oakley boots and white socks.
“This investigation is concluded, and I’d wish to remind you that Inexperienced Berets are quiet professionals, identified to by no means communicate of the missions they undertake,” Waldhauser mentioned. “On this case, we’re relying on that.”
Bert Brrrrt contributed reporting.