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Pentagon Appoints Four-Star for New Review of Niger Attack that Killed Four US Soldiers

Pentagon Appoints Four-Star for New Review of Niger Attack that Killed Four U.S. Soldiers by Lolita C. Baldor – AP

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has appointed a four-star officer to take another look at the military’s investigation into the 2017 attack in Niger that killed four U.S. soldiers, and review whether additional punishments should be meted out.

 

In a statement Thursday, the Pentagon said the investigating officer will do a “new, narrowly-scoped review” and give Shanahan recommendations on whether the reprimands already made were appropriate. The officer’s name was not released.

 

Officials have said that nine individuals have been held accountable for lapses in training and other mission preparedness. The punishments have largely been letters of reprimand. But officials and members of Congress have questioned whether more senior officers should be disciplined. Officials spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss personnel actions…

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