American War Dead

WE Americans continue to die in defense of our country.  We have died in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Libya and the list goes on.  It is a sad occasion when I have to write another post about more Americans dying in wars of no interests.

Yesterday here on IST we reported of yet another American killed in Iraq and it is out sad duty to report today that 3 more Americans have been killed but this time it is in West Africa……

US officials say three US Army special operations commandos were killed Wednesday and two others were wounded when they came under fire in southwest Niger. The officials say the two wounded were taken to Niamey, the capital, and are in stable condition, the AP reports. The officials say the commandos, who were Green Berets, were likely attacked by al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb militants. In a statement, US Africa Command said the American forces were on a joint patrol with Nigerien Armed Forces troops north of Niamey, near the Mali border, when they came under hostile fire.

Africa Command said the US forces are in Niger to provide training and security assistance to the Nigerien Armed Forces in their efforts against violent extremists. The White House says President Trump was notified about the attack Wednesday night as he flew aboard Air Force One from Las Vegas to Washington. The military says the two wounded soldiers will soon be transported to Germany for medical treatment, CNN reports.

These deaths made the cable news shows (show me surprised)……

At the time of this writing the names of the dead and wounded have not been released….

Our deepest sympathies go out to the families.


15 thoughts on “American War Dead

  1. More tragic and unnecessary deaths. Nigeria is a relatively wealthy country, with substantial armed forces of its own. I don’t even comprehend why the US would be sending soldiers to die there. Then again, it might have something to do with this.
    “Nigeria is the richest in Crude oil deposit in Africa and the 4th in the World; it is the 6th largest producer of crude oil and the 5th largest supplier of crude.”
    Then there are the gold mines, iron ore, and many other untapped mineral resources…
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. Chuq, the key point is that, at some point, we will leave. If not, we will be attacked by Iraqis on both sides, for assuming to become Colonials Rulers. And, when we finally do leave, it will still be up to the same Iraqi factions to sort this all out. In essence, our role can only be to act as a delaying tactic for the time when the locals determine a solution–if they can–to internecine hostilities that have gone on for over 1,4000 years.

  3. Our Never-Ending War Machine. Oh, and also Quick-Draw McGraw in the Evil Office…need a pedestal to look moronic. Negotiating for peace is always more “Presidential” than starting unnecessary wars.

      1. John, let’s not confuse conventional warfare, plus the addition of drones, with making fun of the 33 year-old Supreme Leader of North Korea, possibly escalating the situation into Nuclear War. The current situation in Afghanistan and Iraq had been started by the Bush 43 Administration, roughly 15 years ago.

        Chuq’s comment about “Unending War” goes back, through several Administrations, to Vietnam. Understand the different contexts before attempting to make comparisons!

  4. Now that the enthusiasm has arisen for writing about Americans who die in useless wars in foreign crap holes perhaps it may also be time to think about writing about Americans who die on their own streets because of useless perps who appear to hate country music concerts and what have you.

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