Pentagon Sends Team to Niger to Find 'Very Basic Raw Facts' - NBC New York

Pentagon Sends Team to Niger to Find 'Very Basic Raw Facts'

Was there adequate intelligence in advance of the mission and adequate response to the attack?

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    The U.S. military says it continues to search for answers about what happened in Niger two weeks ago, After four U.S. soldiers were killed during an ambush in Niger tour weeks ago, The Pentagon has sent a team to the country to conduct a "review of the facts," two U.S. defense officials told NBC News.

    The inquiry is not being called an "investigation" but that the team needs "to collect some very basic raw facts," one defense official said.

    In addition to the Pentagon, a top Senate Republican wants answers. Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. John McCain of Arizona told reporters this week that the Trump administration was not being forthcoming about what happened in Niger.

    The ambush appears to have been orchestrated by a branch of ISIS. The team wants to know where U.S. forces were when the attack occurred, if they had adequate personal protective equipment, and if they prepared for the attack. Also, was there adequate intelligence in advance of the mission and adequate response to the attack?