WASHINGTON — The four U.S. soldiers who were killed in Niger in an ISIS ambush are now eligible for back pay for serving under hostile fire, according to a memo sent by a top defense official Monday.
When the soldiers were killed near the village of Tongo Tongo last October, U.S. service members deployed to Niger did not receive the Imminent Danger Pay, an additional $225 a month, that their counterparts in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other dangerous environments earn.
But Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness Robert Wilkie sent a memo Monday saying troops serving in Niger, Mali and parts of Cameroon will now get Imminent Danger Pay for every month served there, with the change retroactively effective for all those who served in those countries effective June 7, 2017.
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Source: NBC News