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Report: Soldiers Killed in Niger Had Little to no Combat Experience

(CBS News)

By    |   Thursday, 26 October 2017 09:26 AM

The U.S. soldiers killed in Niger three weeks ago had limited experience in combat, military records released by the Pentagon show, according to CBS News.

Officials in the Pentagon plan to brief the Armed Services Committees in the House and Senate on Thursday about the attack in Niger that led to the four soldiers being killed.

The CBS report said that Sgt. La David Johnson, Staff Sgt. Brian Black, and Staff Sgt. Jeremiah Johnson each had one prior overseas deployment. Staff Sgt. Dustin Wright did not have any prior overseas deployments.

All the soldiers had completed pre-mission training.

The committees also want to find out how Sgt. Johnson became separated from his unit and whether he was alive when wounded soldiers were evacuated, the CBS News report said. His body was found two days later.

Sgt. Johnson, Black, and Wright all had received four military medals, while Staff Sgt. Johnson, a nuclear specialist, had received thirteen, according to the CBS report.

Villagers in Niger might have tipped off attackers about the U.S. troop presence, according to a senior defense official Tuesday.

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