02.11.2017 - 11:35 [ theHill.com ]

Mattis: Soldiers killed in Niger not part of anti-terror authorization

(30.10.2017) The U.S. soldiers killed in Niger earlier this month were not operating under the war authorization passed in the wake of Sept. 11, 2001, Defense Secretary James Mattis told Congress on Monday.

Rather, he said, they were operating under so-called Title 10 authority, referring to the section of U.S. Code that outlines the role of the Armed Forces. That authority covers train-and-advise missions around the world, Mattis said.