US Soldier Missing in Niger Is Found Dead

US army loses three commandos in deadly ambush in Niger

Staff Sgt. Bryan Black, 35, was from Puyallup, Washington.

Right now little is known as to whether this US service member went with the other group of Americans and was separated from them, or if he was captured early on in the raid and killed at the hands of terrorists of the Islamic State. Africa Command said the USA forces are in Niger to provide training and security assistance to the Nigerien Armed Forces in their efforts against violent extremists. The U.S. and Niger soldiers scattered to take cover. The Department of Defense (DOD) has just confirmed the death of a U.S. service member who was missing in action after the hellish firefight the Green Beret team assigned to the U.S. Army's 3rd Special Forces Group.

Niger's President Mahamadou Issoufou said several of his nation's soldiers died in the attack, blaming it on Mali-based Islamic extremists near Niger's village of Tongo-Tongo in the Tillaberi region.

Four Nigerien troops and three US soldiers were killed in an attack earlier this week in southwest Niger near the border with Mali, the Defense Ministry said on Friday. In a statement, U.S. Africa Command said the forces were with a joint U.S. and Nigerien patrol north of Niamey, near the Mali border, when they came under hostile fire.

The joint patrol of United States and Niger forces were leaving a meeting with tribal leaders and were in trucks.

"Our country is once again the target of a terrorist attack, with a large number of victims", Niger's president said earlier Thursday.

His awards and decorations include the Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Special Forces Tab, Ranger Tab, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, and Marksmanship Qualification Badge - Sharpshooter with Rifle.

His awards and decorations include the Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Special Forces Tab, and Parachutist Badge.

Johnson served as a Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Specialist (74D).

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