Washington (CNN)Sen. Bob Menendez, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, wants answers from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on the presence of US troops in Niger after four American service members were killed during an ambush by ISIS fighters there in October.
- "AFRICOM has stated that the soldiers who were killed in Niger in October were operating under Title 10 Authorities. Under which specific chapter and section of Title 10 were they operating? In what other countries do these legal authorities provide the basis for missions by the US military?"
- "What military actions, if any, does the Executive Branch believe are, and are not, permitted under existing train, equip, and advise and accompany authorities? In what other countries do these legal authorities provide the basis for missions by the US military?"
- "Was our Ambassador in Niger made aware that an inaccurate concept of operations for the mission was sent up the military chain of command? What procedures are in place to ensure Chiefs of Mission have adequate information about what has been approve by the military chain of command and at what level the approval was granted?"
- "Is there a procedure in place through which our Chiefs of Mission can be sure that our country partners are in fact in the lead in missions; are fully briefed in advance of operations; and are being accompanied by US soldiers rather than led by US soldiers?"
- "Is there a whole-of-government strategy for Niger that includes adequate emphasis on diplomacy and development? What are our main diplomatic and development goals in Niger and how do they dovetail with the deployment of US troops?"
- "How long are US Armed Forces to remain deployed in Niger, and what diplomatic and development achievements are hoped to be achieved by the end of deployment?"