A US green beret trains Malian soldiers in 2004. Photo: Ben Curtis / AP

Three U.S. Army Green Berets were killed and two more wounded on a routine patrol with troops they were helping to train in the West African country of Niger, per the NY Times. According to the Times:

  • The ambush occurred "near the border of Mali, where militants with Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, an affiliate of Al Qaeda, have conducted cross-border raids."
  • "The deaths mark the first American casualties in a mission in which United States Special Forces have provided training and security assistance to the Nigerien armed forces, including support for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance."

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