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Though a military spokeswoman didn't say why the incident wasn't previously disclosed, a congressional aide said lawmakers were aware of the firefight.
The Twitter account that posted the images said the images were obtained from an ISIS affiliate.
The death of a Green Beret is under scrutiny after reports say he may have been killed by two Navy SEALs, after he declined to accept illicit money.
Even as ISIS' territorial control erodes in Iraq and Syria, ISIS-linked militants and fighters inspired by the group remain a threat around the world.
ABC News also cited a source saying the leader of the US team expressed concern that a second team was unable to join the operation later in the day.
Four US soldiers were reportedly left behind as the main element of their Special Forces team was evacuated after a deadly ambush in Niger.
Rep. Frederica Wilson of Florida was not in Washington to cast congressional votes after receiving death threats.
The US Special Forces team ambushed in Niger was reportedly on a recon mission when it was sent to a kill-or-capture mission for a high-value target.
Senators were shocked to learn the US has 1,000 troops in Africa — but the Pentagon just said the total is actually over 6,000
After four US soldiers were killed in Niger, senators are shocked that the US has 1,000 soldiers in Africa. The Pentagon just said the actual total is 6,000.
Gen. Joseph Dunford on Monday addressed speculation that officials were not "forthcoming" on the battle in Niger that left four US troops dead and two wounded.