(SL) – American military officials believe terrorists might have set up Army special forces soldiers who were attacked in Niger. According to NBC News, investigators suspect terrorists might have gotten word that the Green Berets and supporting soldiers were going to a meeting of elders in a village that was supportive of local ISIS affiliates.
Four American special forces soldiers were killed in the ambush. Joint Chiefs Chairman General Joe Dunford says the military owes affected families and the American people quick and accurate information about what the deadly attack.
Dunford called the ambush a complex situation and said the four U.S. soldiers were caught in a bad firefight.
CBS reports, After the bodies of three American soldiers were brought out, Pentagon officials believed that somewhere on the battlefield. For several hours, they tracked a locator beacon, which then became intermittent and finally faded out. By the time they found him two days later he was dead, raising the awful possibility that an American soldier was left behind — a possibility which the Pentagon’s Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie flatly rejected.
“I’ll tell you, categorically, that from the moment of contact, no one was left behind, neither U.S. — our partner Nigerian forces or French forces were on the ground actively searching for this soldier,” McKenzie said.
*Update* More details are coming out about the ambush that killed four U.S. soldiers in Niger. NBC News is reporting that American officials now believe the special forces operators may have been set up by terrorists.
National Security Producer Courtney Kube says more details should start to come to light. Investigators suspect terrorists may have gotten word that the Green Berets and supporting soldiers were going to a meeting of elders in a village that was supportive of local ISIS affiliates.
Villagers may have then purposefully delayed the troops before they were attacked at two separate locations.