Bill Nelson asks for senate panel investigation of Niger ambush

Bill Nelson

Florida’s U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson is asking the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee to investigate the ambush of American soldiers in Niger, wondering if they were adequately supported.

Nelson, a Democrat, sent a letter Thursday to Committee Chair John McCain, an Arizona Republican, and Ranking Member Jack Reed, a Rhode Island Republican, stating that too little has been disclosed about the circumstances yet for the Oct. 4 battle in the Niger desert that left four American soldiers dead.

“According to published reports, when U.S. and partner forces were ambushed by ISIS-linked militants they were insufficiently equipped to respond to the attack and air assets were not readily available to provide rapid and necessary support,” Nelson wrote.

The Senate Armed Services Committee has a responsibility to ask critical questions about our mission in Niger and ensure our troops have the resources they need,” Nelson continued. “I appreciate your attention to this request and I look forward to working with you to get a better understanding of the circumstances surrounding the October 4th incident.”

Scott Powers

Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at [email protected]


  • Peter kerlin Kerlin

    October 20, 2017 at 6:47 pm

    Good idea on the niger investigation especially with oil and uranium mines there. What about the russian sanctions that trump failed to sign.

  • James

    October 23, 2017 at 3:28 pm

    Where were you Mr Nelson when Sec. Of State Clinton slept and refused to send help to Libya embassy? Did you call for her and Obama to be investigated? No you did nothing but block the investigation. How about Russian collusion by Clinton’s, Lynch and Obama with bribes payed to Clinton Foundation? A little honesty and fair minded leadership would be refreshing although unexpected.

  • Joyce Ede

    October 27, 2017 at 2:02 pm

    Right, Mr Nelson. Where were you when Clinton was sleeping …….and later REFUSED to send help to Libya with Obummer approving ALL she did ???????????

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