Top US general: Soldiers in Niger called for help 1 hour after ambush


The military unit ambushed in Africa earlier this month didn’t call for support until an hour after the attack and French jets didn’t reach the scene for another hour, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said on Monday.

The unit of 12 special forces soldiers and Nigerian forces came under fire from terrorist militants on Oct. 4 and “did not call for support until an hour after contact,” said Gen. Joseph Dunford.

“The timeline we have is the first indicator that the unit called for external support until an hour later,” he said, explaining that it’s unclear whether the soldiers felt they were able to handle the attack until then.

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