Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan told lawmakers Tuesday that a second review of the deadly October 2017 ambush in Niger that left four American soldiers dead was underway, with the goal of achieving “appropriate accountability.”
The probe was convened after another fact-finding investigation ordered by former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis was already in place. The final report for that review has not been released.
“When I came into this role, the recommendation was brought to me that Secretary Mattis, he had convened a review. … I did not find that sufficient,” he said during a House Armed Services Committee hearing. “So, I convened my own review so I can ensure from top to bottom as to the appropriate accountability. I don’t know when that will be complete, but I have to assume that much of the work that’s been done to date can be used.”