April 25, 2012

Three U.S. Special Operations Soldiers Die in Mali

Last Friday (April 20th), driving through the streets of Bamako, the capital of Mali, a vehicle with six people was involved in an accident. All six in the vehicle were killed in what is reported to be a “single-car accident”. Officials in Washington have released information that three of the individuals were U.S. soldiers; two assigned to SOCOM and the third assigned to INSCOM (U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command). What stands out about this report to me specifically is the fact that INSCOM (located Fort Belvoir, MD) is also used as the cover organization for personnel assigned to the Intelligence Support Activity. SGM Robert O’Dell of “The Activity” was killed in Mosul, Iraq in 2004; the Army officially listed him as a soldier under INSCOM.

 

There is little info on the other three killed in the car and the first press release listed them as civilians. I came across a separate article (http://english.cri.cn/6966/2012/04/21/2561s694669.htm) from a local news source that says the vehicle plunged off Martyrs Bridge just South of downtown Bamako and the three other occupants were Moroccans. Still waiting to verify this, it could take a while considering the nature of the business.

Martyrs Bridge

You can find the original story here: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2012/04/20/3-us-military-personnel-killed-in-mali-crash/

U.S. personnel have been operating in full force in Northern Africa in what is officially dubbed as Operation Enduring Freedom – Trans Sahara since 2007. Currently, we have over 1,300 U.S. personnel operating throughout ten African nations, with a heavy emphasis on Mali, Chad, Algeria, and Mauritania. The purpose of our mission there is to cooperate with the local governments in combating Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (off-shoot of AQ) through training, advising, and intelligence sharing.

Another interesting fact is that U.S. operations in Mali have been suspended since March 21st, 2012 when Mali troops overthrew the Malian president in a violent coup. The soldiers were displeased on how the administration was handling the Tuareg rebellion which started in January of 2012. An insurgency which can possibly bring down the entire Malian government.

I reached out to the original author, Robert Burns of the Associate Press, to gather more intel on what happened and will update this article accordingly once I hear from him. At this time, I have yet to find information on the names of the deceased individuals but may these warriors rest in peace.

To comment on this article please join/login. Here's a sample of the comments on this post.

  • GoodCopy

    Iassen got it right. MICECP and ISA are like apples and spinach. One is civillian and the other is uniformed and each having totally different stand alone missions. Mostly the civ mission is the Goober Eugene Computer Brain xx-INT collection/analysis (yes, they do have a CI/CE component). ISA is exactly what the "S" stands for which is the support function for a whole lot of James Bond spooky night-op type shit that is best left to speculation. It's an incredible command of people that are roughly the equivalent of a pit crew for pipe hitters. I know that analogy doesn't really do them justice but hopefully you get the idea.

  • AdrianGalindez

    Ft. Belvoir is in Virigina for the record

  • AnonSoldier

     @Jim_Bodor Here is a half-assed article about the incident written in the Washington Post earlier this month (July 2012).  Let me warn you in advance, this guy couldn't get much information during his research, so much of the information is either made up or unverified.  Not everything is a conspiracy people....   Mysterious fatal crash offers rare look at U.S. commando presence in Mali by Craig Whitlock- http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/mysterious-fatal-crash-provides-rare-glimpse-of-us-commandos-in-mali/2012/07/08/gJQAGO71WW_story.html

  • Tango9

     @moonzuk glad I'm not the one who "approved' this one unless it was just for  entertainment value, and this thread isn't given to entertainment.

  • Tango9

     @moonzuk wow.