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  • Report finds multiple failures leading to Niger attack.

    05/10/2018 11:50:52 AM PDT · by Midwesterner53 · 6 replies ^ | May 10, 2018 | Associated Press
    The 2017 Niger ambush that killed four U.S. soldiers was the result of “individual, organizational and institutional failures," according to a new report from the Pentagon. The eight-page summary released by the Department of Defense on Thursday detailed the findings leading up to and during the ambush and made recommendations to improve guidance for the planning and approval of military operations. Those recommendations included a full review of equipment requirements and improving coordination with forces from U.S. allies. During a press conference with reporters Thursday, Army Maj. Gen. Roger Cloutier, the lead investigating officer, praised the heroic actions of the...
  • 95% of plastic polluting world's oceans comes from just 10 rivers

    04/20/2018 6:18:06 AM PDT · by rktman · 78 replies ^ | 4/19/2018 | unk
    Up to 95 per cent of plastic polluting the world’s oceans pours in from just ten rivers, according to new research. The top 10 rivers – eight of which are in Asia – accounted for so much plastic because of the mismanagement of waste. About five trillion pounds is floating in the sea, and targeting the major sources – such as the Yangtze and the Ganges – could almost halve it, scientists claim. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt flew in coach-class seats on at least two trips home to Oklahoma when taxpayers weren’t footing the bill, despite claims he...
  • Libby's pardon means Trump knows Mueller's witch hunt M.O.

    04/15/2018 7:12:15 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 38 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/15/18 | Lee Cary & Marty Watters
    Trump knows the Deep State, and he is not George W. Bush WARNING: The following is, necessarily, somewhat extensive reading because the web of deceit it outlines is itself complex. Media speculation over the meaning of President Trump’s pardon of Lewis “Scooter” Libby is predictable and wrong. Three examples:
  • US Niger ambush: Mali militia says it has American vehicle and weapons

    03/15/2018 3:48:16 PM PDT · by BBell · 6 replies
    A militia in Mali says it has recovered weapons and a vehicle abandoned by US special forces during a deadly ambush in Niger last year, and is prepared to return them to the Americans. The Tuareg rebel group says it seized the battered four-wheel-drive and two rifles during clashes with "bandits" on the Mali-Niger border. Four members of the US special forces were killed in last year's raid. An offshoot of the Islamic State (IS) group said it carried out the attack. In a statement, the MSA-GATIA militia group said it captured the materiel from unidentified "armed bandits" on the...
  • Trump Must Feel Like No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

    11/20/2017 8:59:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    White House Dossier ^ | November 20, 2017 | Keith Koffler
    President Trump sat down in Asia with the president of China and devoted valuable time to springing from jail three UCLA basketball players who decided to try to steal stuff from a Louis Vuitton store in China. The players themselves thanked Trump, but one of their fathers, LaVar Ball, decided to use the moment to diss the man who kept his son out of Chinese prison, where one can only imagine the conditions. “Who?” Ball told ESPN when asked about Trump’s assistance. “Don’t tell me nothing. Everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me out.” Trump, not suprisingly,...
  • "I Want Answers Now": Rep. Wilson on Sgt. Johnson's Death [Frederica is back grandstanding]

    11/11/2017 8:51:29 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 39 replies
    NBC MIAMI ^ | 11/11/17
    Congresswoman Frederica Wilson says she wants answers following revelations a South Florida soldier killed in Niger may have been captured and executed. The congresswoman released a statement saying, “On Tuesday, November 7th, I received a classified briefing on the attack in Niger during which Sgt. La David Johnson and three other members of his unit were ambushed and killed. I am not at liberty to discuss the details of what I was told... Did his death occur while he was engaged in combat against the Islamist militans or did they capture and execute him? Has an autopsy been done, and...
  • US special forces 'fought Niger ambush alone after local troops fled'

    11/05/2017 4:56:37 AM PST · by huldah1776 · 78 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Nov 4, 2017 | Jason Burke and Julian Borger
    Serving and retired officers say soldiers also tried to convince French jets to engage in incident in which four Green Berets died The US special forces detachment ambushed in the Niger last month fought alone for hours after the local Nigerien forces they were accompanying fled in the first minutes of the engagement, retired and serving special forces officers with knowledge of events have said. The trapped soldiers also made repeated efforts to convince French warplanes sent from neighbouring Mali to engage the enemy, attempting to “talk in” the pilots who refused to attack due to poor weather, rough terrain...
  • Gold Star widow recounts taking grim phone call from 'very gracious' President Trump

    10/26/2017 3:03:48 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 3 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 25, 2017 | Trace Gallagher
    ichelle Black is primarily focusing on her 9- and 11-year-old sons these days. She said she’s making sure, in the wake of their father’s death, they are physically and emotionally OK. Special Forces soldier Bryan Black was among four soldiers killed in Niger earlier this month during a mission that remains somewhat unclear. The military is still trying to determine if the soldiers were randomly targeted or if they were led into an overwhelming ambush. Michelle Black wants the nation to know her husband was more than a Special Forces soldier. He was also a master chess player and avid...
  • French Mirage 2000s Came to the Rescue of Green Berets in Niger

    10/26/2017 8:40:00 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 32 replies
    War is Boring ^ | October 26, 2017 | Sebastien Roblin
    Around noon on Oct. 4, 2017, a team of 12 U.S. Army Special Forces operators and 30 soldiers from the Nigerien Security and Intelligence Battalion were departing the village of Tongo Tongo, near the Nigerien-Malian border, when they were ambushed by roughly 50 insurgents from an “ISIS-affiliated group” riding in a dozen technicals—pickup trucks armed with heavy machine guns, mortars, rocket-propelled grenades and small arms. According to an Oct. 23 briefing by the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Joseph Dunford, the U.S. military didn’t record the Green Berets requesting air support until an hour after the...
  • Threats are preventing Rep. Frederica Wilson from voting in Washington

    10/25/2017 9:29:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    MSN ^ | Alex Daugherty, McClatchy Washington Bureau
    Congressional Democrats celebrated Rep. Frederica Wilson on Wednesday by wearing stickers adorned with a red cowboy hat and posing for a group picture on the steps of the Capitol. But one notable person was missing: Wilson herself. A source close to Wilson confirmed that the Florida Democrat was not in Washington this week due to ongoing threats against her after she criticized President Donald Trump's handling of a conversation with the family of Sgt. La David Johnson, who was killed during an Oct. 4 ambush in Niger. Congressional vote tallies show that Wilson last voted Oct. 12, before the House...
  • Niger and the West African War on Terror

    10/25/2017 9:49:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies ^ | October 25, 2017 | Austin Bay
    In his October 23 Pentagon press conference describing the U.S. military presence in Niger, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford demonstrated it is possible to address serious national security issues and finesse the current spate of domestic political hysterics. "This area (in west Africa) is inherently dangerous," General Dunford said. "We're there because ISIS and al-Qaida are operating in that area." Here's the predicate to Dunford's statement: on October 4, four U.S. Army Green Berets died in combat in Niger. They were part of a 12-man U.S. detachment accompanying 30 Nigerien soldiers on a patrol returning...
  • Former Green Beret’s Post Blasting Leftists for Politicizing Niger Goes Viral

    10/25/2017 3:45:43 AM PDT · by EliRoom8 · 5 replies
    Breitbart ^ | October 24, 2017 | James Dellingpole
    Special Forces veteran Dr. Mike Simpson isn’t impressed by the way the Niger incident is being exploited by liberals like Congresswoman Frederica Wilson as a cheap way of attacking Donald Trump. Simpson’s thoughts on Niger are attracting a lot of attention on Twitter. Here’s what this ex-Green Beret has to say about his fallen comrades: Liberals: I am going to speak for all veterans for just a moment. (1) We didn't enlist because we were poor, stupid, and lacked opportunities. . . (more at link)
  • Rep. Wilson hits back at Trump: Niger is his Benghazi

    10/25/2017 12:45:50 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 61 replies
    CNN ^ | 23/10/17 | Jennifer Haensler, Maegan Vazquez
    Video (CNN)After President Donald Trump repeatedly referred to her as a "wacky Congresswoman," Rep. Frederica Wilson fired back on Sunday morning, saying that the ambush in Niger that left four US soldiers dead "is (Trump's) Benghazi" and demanding an apology to "the nation" from White House chief of staff John Kelly. "Niger is @realDonaldTrump's Benghazi. He needs to own it," the Florida Democrat tweeted. Wilson and Trump have traded barbs for nearly a week on the controversy stemming from the President's condolence call to Myeshia Johnson, the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, one of the soldiers killed in the...
  • 'Something was off': Survivor says US troops were stalled by a village elder before they were...

    10/24/2017 9:48:45 AM PDT · by Morgana · 53 replies
    DAILY MAIL UK ^ | October 24 2017 | Hannah Parry In New York For
    FULL TITLE: 'Something was off': Survivor says US troops were stalled by a village elder before they were ambushed by 50 terrorists in Niger for hours following a near 24 hour patrol operation The four American special forces killed fighting in Niger were ambushed by 50 ISIS terrorists after they were stalled by a village elder, a survivor of the attack has revealed. The group of 12 American forces had accompanied 30 Nigerien forces to an area about 85 kilometers north of the capital Niamey on a routine reconnaissance mission on October 3, when a dramatic new order came through...
  • US soldiers killed in Niger had little combat experience

    10/24/2017 4:27:14 PM PDT · by markomalley · 59 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 10/24/17 | Diana Stancy Correll
    Army records show that the U.S. soldiers killed during a recent ambush in Niger had little to no combat experience prior to their deployment.A joint patrol of U.S. and Nigerien forces was attacked by approximately 50 Islamic State-affiliated fighters along the Niger-Mali border in early October, taking the lives of four soldiers and wounded two. Prior to the deployment, three had only been deployed once, and one of them had never been deployed abroad, according to the Wall Street Journal. Additionally, none of them had received the Army's combat infantry badge or combat action badge, awards given to those who...
  • What the US is really doing in Niger

    10/24/2017 2:19:26 PM PDT · by Jagermonster · 31 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | October 24, 2017 | Peter Grier - Staff Writer
    PUTTING IT IN PERSPECTIVE   The deaths of the four US troops have awoken Americans to military deployments in Africa. With ISIS ousted from its capital in Syria, Pentagon officials say, US counterterrorism efforts are likely to focus even more on Africa. The tragic deaths of four US service members in an ambush in Niger have awoken Washington and US voters to the larger issue of American military deployments in Africa and the continued global nature of the nation’s struggle with Islamic extremist terrorism. Even senior lawmakers seemed surprised by the size of the US presence in the region as...
  • In Niger—and other African Countries, the United States Uses Smart Power

    10/24/2017 12:10:01 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 33 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/24/17 | Mike Ford
    Economy Of Force The recent deaths of 4 US Army Special Forces Soldiers in Niger have prompted questioning, some legitimate and some merely political posturing. Two articles, one in The American Conservative (What Are US forces Doing in Niger Anyway?) and the other in Politico (Niger Attack Fuels New Push for War Vote) ask two very cogent questions: “Why are we there?” and “What is Congress’ role?” The purpose of this article isn’t to focus on the hypocrisy of these questions coming at this time. However, I would be remiss if I failed to point out that this particular mission...
  • Greenfield: American Soldiers Died in Niger Because of Obama

    10/23/2017 7:19:43 AM PDT · by Louis Foxwell · 27 replies
    FrontPage ^ | 10/23/17 | Greenfield
    American Soldiers Died in Niger Because of Obama Putting soldiers in a war zone without a combat mission so they don’t offend Islamists. October 23, 2017 Daniel Greenfield Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is an investigative journalist and writer focusing on the radical left and Islamic terrorism. Congresswoman Frederica Wilson has come up with a new gimmick for getting invited on CNN. After exploiting the death of one soldier killed in an attack in Niger, she decided that if exploiting one soldier made her famous, exploiting the deaths of all the soldiers would make her...
  • Exploiting tragedy to excoriate Trump

    10/23/2017 10:37:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Southeast Missourian ^ | October 24, 2017 | Adrienne Ross
    I'm all about holding leaders' feet to the fire, even taking it to them hard if necessary. Being subject to a critical eye is part of their job, and it is our job as responsible citizens to hold them accountable. So yeah, I like it. What I don't like, however, is the abandonment of decency and truth for partisan political advantage. This is exactly what we are witnessing in this firestorm that Rep. Frederica Wilson has ignited with President Trump. The Florida congresswoman should be ashamed of herself. No evidence of shame exists, however. Rather, Wilson seems pleased with herself,...
  • Now Wilson Is Demanding Kelly Apologize for 'Character Assassination'

    10/23/2017 5:28:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 72 replies ^ | October 23, 2017 | Leah Barkoukis
    Democratic Congresswoman Frederica Wilson is demanding White House Chief of Staff Gen. John Kelly apologize to her—for “character assassination.”“Not only does he owe me an apology, but he owes an apology to the American people,” Wilson said Sunday on MSNBC’s “AM Joy” referring to Kelly, whom she also referred to as a “puppet of the president.”Kelly, the retired four-star Marine general, held a press briefing last week to address the Niger controversy.Wilson said she overheard parts of a call President Trump made to the widow of Army Sgt. La David Johnson, Myeshia Johnson, one of the four U.S. soldiers killed...