A video recently released by the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (ISGS), the group responsible for the ambush on October 4th, shows U.S.-made weapons. The video is titled Punishments of Traitors and features brutal executions, accompanied by nasheeds (Islamic ballads).
In the video, Abdelhakim al-Sahrawi, the Emir of Gourma for ISGS, can be seen slitting the throats of victims. At the end of the executions, a message appears that translates into, “Remaining despite the snitches of the Sahwat and their masters,” with the date 1440 AH of the Islamic calendar, which converts to 11/12 of September 2018.
The most interesting part of this video and the one depicting the raid on a Nigerien Gendarmerie in 2017, is the appearance of several U.S.-made weapons and equipment. At the end of the execution video, several fallen fighters are eulogized and one of them is holding an M4, which is extremely rare in this part of the world. However, there are weapons distributed by the Pentagon to host-nation Special Forces, and Niger is one of those countries.
Several weapons and equipment have been recovered in 2018