The US troops attacked in Niger were on their way back to their operating base when they were ambushed by 50 ISIS fighters, according to Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford, who provided a timeline of the attack on Monday.
Four US and five Nigerien soldiers were killed and two Americans were wounded in the attack that occurred on October 4, but details of what happened remain murky more than two weeks after the incident as investigators work to determine precisely what happened, a US official has told CNN.
During the Pentagon briefing Monday, Dunford clarified that the US troops requested additional support about an hour after the firefight began.
Desperate for a win, Trump set to woo GOP senators
President Donald Trump and Capitol Hill Republicans are giving it another whirl — because they’ve got no other choice.
The President will attend lunch Tuesday with lawmakers he spent much of the summer blasting for failing to enshrine his political agenda. Some have been critical over his chaotic, unpredictable method of governing, but Trump hopes to woo them to finally rack up a genuine legislative win on tax reform.
The atmosphere will be especially charged because a number of Trump’s hosts fear a 2018 primary challenge from populist, nationalist candidates in his own image, being recruited by his erstwhile political guru Stephen Bannon. Others, like Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker, have questioned Trump’s fitness to serve as commander in chief.
Wanted: 1,000 new Delta flight attendants
Delta is on the hunt for new flight attendants.
The airline has more than 1,000 open flight attendant positions for 2018 and the competition is stiff.
Last year, 150,000 people applied for around 1,200 flight attendant jobs. Fewer than 1% of applicants were hired.
Puerto Rico reopening some schools after hurricane devastation:
Some public schools in Puerto Rico will begin to reopen Tuesday, a small step toward normalcy weeks after Hurricane Maria plowed across the US territory.
Classes begin Tuesday in regions on opposite ends of the island, in San Juan and Mayaguez, according to education officials.
For some of the US territory’s 345,000 students, the resuming of classes is a major step. Roughly 3 million Puerto Ricans, or more than 80% of the island’s residents, have no power. About a third of households are without reliable drinking water.
Of the more than 1,100 public schools on the island, dozens were badly damaged, hundreds are serving as community centers and more than 70 others are used to shelter families who lost their homes.
World Series 2017: Triple-digit heat in LA:
There will be no escaping the record heat when the World Series kicks off Tuesday evening at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. And we don’t mean the fastballs thrown by Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw and Astros starter Dallas Keuchel.
The Los Angeles office of the National Weather Service is forecasting 99 degrees as Kershaw stares down the sign from catcher Austin Barnes shortly after 5 p.m. local time. At least it’s an evening game; the afternoon high is expected to be a record 102.
Still, this temperature will shatter the old World Series first-pitch temperature record of 94 set in Phoenix during Game 1 of the 2001 World Series.