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NBC: 4 US Soldiers Killed in Niger Weren't Eligible for Danger Pay

NBC: 4 US Soldiers Killed in Niger Weren't Eligible for Danger Pay
U.S. Military honor guards carry the casket of U.S. Army Sgt. La David Johnson during his burial service at the Memorial Gardens East cemetery on October 21, 2017 in Hollywood, Florida. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 28 February 2018 08:52 AM

The four U.S. soldiers killed by hostile fire in Niger a few months ago weren't eligible to receive hostile fire pay, NBC News reported.

Soldiers in Afghanistan, Iraq and even other parts of Africa receive an extra $225 per month in Imminent Danger Pay (IDP), but according to U.S. military command, armed forces in Niger weren't in imminent danger, NBC reports.

The families of dead Green Berets Bryan Black, Jeremiah Johnson, Dustin Wright and Sgt. La David Johnson could argue otherwise.

"Currently, Niger is not eligible for Imminent Danger Pay (IDP) meaning that any U.S. service member of official duty in Niger during the month of October 2017 were not authorized IDP," a spokesperson for U.S. Africa Command told NBC in an email.

Given the October sneak attack by ISIS fighters that killed the four in Niger, the Pentagon is now considering adding Niger — among other African countries — to its list of Danger Pay locations, NBC reports.

U.S. soldiers deployed to Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, and Sudan already are receiving hostile fire pay, NBC reports.

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