Niger deaths prompt rare questions about U.S. mission. What the hell happened in Niger? Rumors are swirling over what took place in the final hours before four U.S. servicemen died — but a clear picture of what actually took place is only beginning to emerge. What really happened in Niger? Benghazi comparisons and conjecture threaten to overpower a serious assessment of what happened and why, experts and former military officers warn. This is not Trump’s Benghazi: The deaths of U.S. troops in Niger were a tragedy, but there’s no need for conspiracy theories. Republicans who obsessed over Benghazi silent on 4 US troops killed in Niger.