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Newly Released Video Sheds Light on Niger Ambush

Newly Released Video Sheds Light on Niger Ambush

Sgt. La David Johnson was among three others, Staff Sgt. Bryan C. Black, Staff Sgt. Jeremiah W. Johnson and Staff Sgt. Dustin M. Wright were killed after their 12-person unit was attacked by ISIS forces on October 3 while on a mission with Nigerien forces.

By    |   Thursday, 17 May 2018 10:06 AM

A newly released video from the U.S. military shows how four American soldiers and five Nigeriens were killed last year in an ambush in October, CNN reports.

Staff Sgt. Bryan C. Black, Staff Sgt. Jeremiah W. Johnson, Staff Sgt. Dustin M. Wright, and Sgt. La David Johnson were all killed after their 12-person unit was attacked by ISIS forces on October 3 while on a mission with Nigerien forces.

According to the video, the unit had received intelligence that an ISIS commander would be in the area, and they put forward a mission plan to investigate. However, a military narrator notes that the "inaccurate mission plan" did not include their plan to try and capture or kill the commander. After they failed to located enemy forces, the team was ordered to check an abandoned encampment. They were ambushed on their way back to the base from the village of Tongo Tongo.

In footage taken by drones and aircraft, the American solders and the Nigerien troops can be seen fleeing from an ambush before establishing a defensive position in a swamp where "they wrote short messages to loved ones on personal devices, believing they would soon be overrun," according to the narrator.

One American tried to identify themselves by waving a U.S. flag in an open clearing.

"French helicopters arrived in the vicinity at 1600 hours and searched for the team for 40 minutes. A team member moved into a clearing, waved an American flag to the helicopters to establish their identity as friendly forces," says the narrator.

Another Nigerien military team then "arrived by vehicle at the team's location and mistook the team for enemy forces, firing on them for 48 seconds with automatic weapons until they were positively identified. Fortunately, no one was injured further."

At the end of the video, Nigerien forces can be seen collecting Johnson’s body from under a tree, where he died after being separated from his unit during the ambush, 48 hours after he was killed.

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A newly released video from the U.S. military shows how four American soldiers and five Nigeriens were killed last year in an ambush in October, CNN reports.
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