Their days are scented by stale sweat and gunpowder; their nights are spent in rustic locales or third-world bars.These men -- and they are mostly men -- belong to an exclusive military fraternity that traces its heritage back to the birth of the nation.She’s learned more about his life as a Green Beret from the soldiers he served with than he ever revealed himself.
“One time he told me that he wanted to be blasted up to the moon,” she said. So when two Green Berets pulled up outside Allie’s house last month and came through the white picket fence to front porch, her first thought was that Matthew was injured. He’s kind of clumsy sometimes, and I knew his foot had been bothering him,” she said. everything went grey.” Allie had lost her soul mate. “Being in love before, it was because I loved somebody because they made me happy," Allie said.Typically, they’ve spent the better part of a decade as more conventional soldiers, sailors, marines, or airmen before making the cut.They’ve probably been deployed overseas four to 10 times.WASHINGTON — Three United States Army Special Forces were killed and two were wounded on Wednesday in an ambush in Niger while on a training mission with troops from that nation in northwestern Africa, American military officials said.“We can confirm reports that a joint U. and Nigerien patrol came under hostile fire in southwest Niger,” Lt. Anthony Falvo, a spokesman for the United States Africa Command in Stuttgart, Germany, said in an email.All five American soldiers were Green Berets, said two United States military officials.“Because to us it was just never a reality.” But last month Matthew was killed during an intense firefight in the city of Marja. "With Matthew, I loved him because I wanted to make him happy." Allie last saw Matthew in November, when he came home briefly from the Middle East.The occasion was the birth of their first child — a boy named Declan.But unlike recent commando raids in Somalia or Reaper drone strikes in Libya, the deadly ambush on Wednesday in a remote desert area came during what American military officials said was a routine training mission — not a combat operation — and yet the casualties by both American and Nigerien forces underscore the inherent risks of operating in a potentially hostile environment.“These militants have proven remarkably resilient, exploiting local and/or ethnic grievances to embed themselves into communities as well as political borders and differences to escape capture,” said J.Peter Pham, a vice president at the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center in Washington.Over the years, MQ-9 Reapers that have been based there stream live video and data from other sensors to American analysts working with French commanders, who say the aerial intelligence has been critical to their success in driving jihadists from a vast desert refuge in northern Mali.The United States is building a million drone base in Agadez, Niger.