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Families of fallen soldiers from Niger attack briefed on investigation findings

April 23, 2018 - 12:40 pm
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The families of the four soldiers killed during an attack in Niger last October are currently being briefed on the findings from the investigation into their deaths, according to the Pentagon.

“We’re currently in the process of briefing the families of those fallen soldiers in order to provide them with the results of the investigation,” said U.S. Army Col. Robert Manning, director of press operations at the Pentagon, to members of the media, Monday.

The convoy that included the American special forces soldiers was attacked Oct. 4, 2017 by more than 50 ISIS-affiliated fighters, according to a senior U.S. intelligence source to ABC News.

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Since the incident, “Our obligation was to the families… to conduct an extensive, comprehensive investigation, to make sure that we provided the families as much detail as we possibly could,” Manning said.

After all of the families are notified, Congress will then be briefed on the investigation, and then finally the media and the public.

Manning said that while he doesn’t have a timeline on when a briefing to the press will occur, he believes it will be in the “coming weeks.”

“Again, out of respect for the families, our primary focus is making sure that we provide the families as much detail as possible before we go public with the findings in the investigation,” he added.

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