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ISIS attack Hashd in deadly ambush near Makhmour, killing 6
Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned the attack and called it a possible war crime. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack.
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LinkedIn icon The word "in". Fliboard icon A stylized letter F. Michael Perozeni for a silver star, the military's third-highest valor award for gallantry. Perozeni, an Army Special Forces team leader, was singled out for blame in an investigation into the deadly Niger ambush last year that cost the lives of four US special forces soldiers.
His superiors, however, believe that Perozeni, who was wounded in the firefight, ought to be commended for his heroism. Army commanders have recommended that Capt. Michael Perozeni receive the military's third-highest valor award for the gallantry he displayed when his man team came under attack by dozens of Islamist militants on Oct. The ambush occurred outside the village of Tongo Tongo, where Operational Detachment Alpha Team had stopped for water following a kill-or-capture mission that turned up nothing.
The team was accompanied by 30 Nigerian soldiers.
Four members of ODA were killed in the ensuing firefight, which lasted hours and was captured in helmet camera footage that later appeared in an ISIS propaganda video. Perozeni was shot in the attack but survived Two of the soldiers killed in the battle are being considered for the Distinguished Service Cross and the other two have been recommended for the Silver Star, according to the Times. Perozeni's Silver Star nomination sharply contrasts with the summary of a U.
Africa Command report released to the public in May that implied Perozeni and another junior officer had imperiled ODA by mischaracterizing its mission that day in a planning document.