Niamey, Niger — More details continue to come to light on the fateful ambush in Niger on a 12 man team of U.S. Army Special Forces Operational Detachment Alpha members, or what is known as a Green Beret ODA, and their Nigerien Army counterparts. French media are reporting that an unknown number of French Special Forces along with French warplanes responded to the 3rd Special Forces Group Green Berets call for help as they fought through withering gunfire from a superior number of insurgents.
The French Special Forces were also in Africa assigned to France’s counter-insurgency mission known as Operation Barkhane. Operation Barkhane which has over 3,000 French military forces along with their special operations units assigned to it, began in August 2014 to quell the rising terrorist presence and activities within Sahel region of Western Africa. Based in the capitol city of N’Djamena, Chad, Operation Barkhane was to be France’s “pillar of counterterrorism operations” with its focus being on al-Qaeda linked and other terrorist organizations within Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso, and parts of Chad itself.
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