"We will look at this and say: Was there something that we have to adapt to now?" Mattis said the investigation will reveal areas where there can be improvement. But he said the U.S. military is reviewing whether changes should be made to these types of training missions in Africa. "We're going to be better".
"Really, from nearly all sides, Niger is facing attacks from armed extremist groups", Mueller said.
The death toll in the first fatal US military incident involving hostile fire in Niger has been raised to four, after the White House said the body of a USA soldier who went missing during an ambush has been found. The officials were not authorised to discuss the matter publicly so spoke on condition of anonymity.
Three Army commandos and a soldier were killed a week ago when dozens of militants ambushed them during a joint patrol with Niger troops. They were leaving a meeting with Nigerian soldiers in unarmored pickup trucks when they were attacked, according to CNN, which prompted them to exit the vehicles and return fire.
Mattis and other officials haven't said how long it took to evacuate the troops, including several U.S. and Niger forces who were wounded. One US Army soldier was missing for almost two days before he was finally found by Niger troops around the area where the attack happened.
According to United States officials, details about the exact timeline for the rescue effort are still unfolding.
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Et le mardi 10 octobre, elles se sont inclinées par la même marque de zéro set à trois face aux Nigérianes (19-25, 14-25, 15-25). Le Kenya qui reste la nation la plus titrée du volley-ball africain, avec 9 trophées remportés sur les 17 tournois organisés.
Pentagon spokeswoman Army Lt. Col. Michelle Baldanza told VOA Wednesday that Islamic State fighters ambushed USA and Nigerian forces during the October 4 fire fight, which also killed four of Niger's security forces.
They are often working in remote locations well beyond what the US military likes to call the "golden hour".
"The United States has provided support for the military of Niger, especially in the way of training forces to combat multiple terrorist groups that have encroached into Niger from several of the country's borders", Mueller said.
That one-hour standard for medical evacuation was set during the peak war years in Iraq and Afghanistan and was aimed at getting wounded troops out within an hour of their injury, making it more likely they will get the treatment needed to survive.
He said French aircraft were overhead within 30 minutes and that he did not believe there was a delay in evacuating those wounded and killed, although he did not say how long it took to move them. There were about a dozen USA troops and a company of Niger forces, for a total of about 40 service members in the joint mission.
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