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DAKAR (ALBOENEWS) — United States and Niger forces were ambushed in an attack in southwest Niger on Wednesday, according to military spokespeople.

‘“We can confirm reports that a joint U.S. and Nigerien patrol came under hostile fire in southwest Niger,” said a spokesman for U.S. Africa Command,” Reuters reports.

UPDATE: Three Green Berets were killed in the attack. They are the first U.S. casualties in a joint mission with local soldiers, according to the New York Times.

General Joseph Dunford, the Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman, says that the soldiers died amid a “complex situation” and a “difficult firefight.” He also said that the families of the Green Berets, as well as the American people, deserve answers. Questions still surround the incident, including whether American forces had adequate intelligence and were well enough equipped for the operation.

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