美国国防部长马蒂斯见麦凯恩通报尼日尔伏击信息

编辑:给力英语新闻 更新:2017年10月21日 作者:美国之音(VOA News)

麦凯恩参议员(左)和国防部长马蒂斯会面后对记者讲话
麦凯恩参议员(左)和国防部长马蒂斯会面后对记者讲话

美国国防部长马蒂斯星期五前往国会与麦凯恩参议员会面。参议院军事委员会出席麦凯恩此前威胁要发传票,以获取四名美国军人在尼日尔遇袭身亡的信息。

马蒂斯星期五与麦凯恩参议员举行闭门会议之后承诺要与国会保持更好的沟通渠道。他说:“我们应该有更好的沟通。我们总能改善沟通,而这正是我们要做的。”

麦凯恩参议员说,这次会见疏通了沟通渠道,“我感到没有得到足够的信息,我们进行了很多的疏通”。

本星期早些时候,麦凯恩威胁要以发传票的方式从五角大楼和川普政府官员获得尼日尔伏击的信息。他抱怨说,在奥巴马总统执政时,能更容易得到军事行动的信息。

美国军方认为伊斯兰国组织在尼日尔西南部打死了四名美国特种兵,并说正在调查10月4号发生的这起事件。

因调查正在进行而要求不透露身份的美国官员告诉美国之音,俗称“绿贝雷帽”的美国陆军特种兵当时刚刚与尼日尔的地区领导人开完会,走向他们的汽车时受到伏击。

这名美国官员援引一些美国军人的话说,会面拖得很晚,其中一些人怀疑是村民有意拖住他们。

五角大楼最初宣布有三名军人死于伏击。第四名军人、约翰逊军士的遗体一天多之后才找到。有人质疑为什么用了这么长时间。

美国有线电视新闻网(CNN)星期五报道,约翰逊的遗体在离伏击地点一公里以外的地方找到,军方官员正在调查当时发生了什么情况,为什么约翰逊与其他人不在一处。但是军方官员强调,寻找约翰逊的行动当时马上就开始进行。

五角大楼官员说,目前有800名美军人员部署在尼日尔,这个行动已经进行了5年,目的是打击激进组织博科圣地和其它恐怖组织。

US Defense Secretary Meets with McCain Over Niger Attack

U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis went to Capitol Hill Friday to meet with Senator John McCain after the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee threatened to issue a subpoena for information about the deaths of four U.S. soldiers killed in Niger.

After meeting privately with McCain in his office Friday, Mattis promised to keep better lines of communication with Congress.

“We could be better at communication, we can always improve at communication and that’s exactly what we’ll do,” he said.

McCain said the meeting helped to clear up the information channels.

“I felt we were not getting a sufficient amount of information and we are clearing a lot of that up now,” he said.

Earlier this week, McCain threatened to use a subpoena to compel information from the Pentagon and Trump administration officials about the Niger attack. He complained that it was easier to get information about military operations under former President Barack Obama.

The U.S. military has blamed Islamic State militants for the deaths of the four Special Forces soldiers in southwestern Niger and has said it is conducting an investigation into the Oct. 4 attack.

U.S. Army Special Forces, also known as Green Berets, had just completed a meeting with local leaders in Niger and were walking back to their vehicles when they were attacked, according to a U.S. official, who spoke to VOA on the condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing.

The soldiers said the meeting ran late, and some suspected that the villagers were intentionally delaying their departure, the official said.

Initially, the Pentagon announced that three soldiers had been killed in the ambush. The body of a fourth soldier, Sergeant La David Johnson, was recovered more than a day later and questions have been raised about why it took as long as it did.

CNN reported Friday that Johnson’s body was found nearly a mile away from the site of the ambush. It said military officials are still looking at the exact circumstance of how and when Johnson became separated from the rest of his team, but officials emphasized that the search for Johnson began immediately.

Pentagon officials said there are about 800 U.S. troops in Niger in an operation underway for five years against the Boko Haram militant group and other terrorist organizations.

White House phone calls

President Donald Trump's calls to the families of the fallen soldiers has sparked a public argument between Trump and a Florida lawmaker, who accused Trump of telling one soldier's widow that her husband "knew what he signed up for."

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Friday criticized Frederica Wilson, a Democratic congresswoman who clashed with the president over his condolence call.

Sanders told reporters at the White House: "As we say in the South: All hat, no cattle."

Wilson represents the home district of Sergeant La David Johnson, one of the four soldiers killed in Niger.

Wilson said she was listening in on the call Trump made to Johnson's widow, Myeshia, while family members were in a limousine en route to an airport to meet the soldier's body

Speaking to MSNBC on Wednesday, Wilson said Trump "was almost like joking," during the conversation, which was on a speaker in the car. "He said, 'Well, I guess you know, something to the effect that he knew what he was getting into when he signed up, but I guess it hurts anyway,' " Wilson explained to MSNBC.

Trump responded to Wilson's allegations Wednesday, tweeting that she had "totally fabricated what I said to the wife of a soldier who died in action (and I have proof). Sad!"

In a separate interview with CNN, Wilson said, "I have proof, too. This man is a sick man."