Soldiers conduct a Dignified Transfer for Staff Sgt. Dustin M. Wright.
U.S. Army/Cpl. Lane Hiser
The family of one of the Army Special Forces soldiers killed in the 2017 Niger attack, Staff Sgt. Dustin M. Wright, will receive the Silver Star award on Wednesday.
The Army said in a press release on Tuesday that Wright is being recognized "for his valorous actions on that day." The award will be presented by Maj. Gen. John Deedrick, commanding general of the 1st Special Forces Command (Airborne).
The other Special Forces soldiers killed in the ambush by ISIS fighters also received posthumous awards; Sgt. La David T. Johnson was awarded the Silver Star, and Staff Sgt. Bryan C. Black and Sgt. 1st Class Jeremiah W. Johnson received the Bronze Star with "V" device.
In 2018, it was reported by the New York Times that then-U.S. Special Operations Command chief Army Gen. Raymond Thomas had asked if Wright was "eligible for the Medal of Honor after reading survivors' accounts of the attack. When U.S. and Nigerien troops were attacked on October 4, 2017, Wright was killed "trying to rescue a wounded comrade who eventually died," the Times reported.
The head of U.S. Army Africa Command, Marine Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, told Task & Purpose in 2018 that "there were numerous acts of extraordinary bravery" on the day of the attack, and "they should be adjudicated as SOCOM deems necessary."
In 2017, Wright's family said in a statement that while an investigation into the attack couldn't bring back their loved one, it could "help to educate and prepare future operators to better combat our enemies. ... War is hell, and even the best laid plans go to the wayside when the first bullet flies."
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CEYLANPINAR, Turkey (Reuters) - Shelling could be heard at the Syrian-Turkish border on Friday morning despite a five-day ceasefire agreed between Turkey and the United States, and Washington said the deal covered only a small part of the territory Ankara aims to seize.
Reuters journalists at the border heard machine-gun fire and shelling and saw smoke rising from the Syrian border battlefield city of Ras al Ain, although the sounds of fighting had subsided by mid-morning.
The truce, announced on Thursday by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence after talks in Ankara with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, sets out a five-day pause to let the Kurdish-led SDF militia withdraw from an area controlled by Turkish forces.
The SDF said air and artillery attacks continued to target its positions and civilian targets in Ral al Ain.
"Turkey is violating the ceasefire agreement by continuing to attack the town since last night," SDF spokesman Mustafa Bali tweeted.
The Kurdish-led administration in the area said Turkish truce violations in Ras al Ain had caused casualties, without giving details.