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A fight to the death in the desert

GIs in Niger were alone, outgunned

By RUKMINI CALLIMACHI, HELENE COOPER, ERIC SCHMITT, ALAN BLINDER and THOMAS GIBBONS-NEFF The New York Times

This article was originally published February 18, 2018 at 3:32 a.m. Updated February 18, 2018 at 3:32 a.m.

KOLLO, Niger -- Cut off from its unit, the tiny band of U.S. soldiers was outnumbered and outgunned in the deserts of Niger, fighting to stay alive under a barrage of gunfire from fighters loyal to the Islamic State group.

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