REVEALED – Full story of deadly Niger ambush: Hero Green Beret Sgt. La David Johnson died going BACK into the kill zone to save comrades… as survivors fought for their lives for TWO HOURS until French fighter jets reached them
- Sgt. La David Johnson was in an armed pick-up truck when the ambush started
- His vehicle was in front of the Land Cruiser carrying Sgt. Bryan C. Black, Staff Sgt. Jeremiah W. Johnson, Sgt. La David Johnson and Staff Sgt. Dustin M. Wright
- Johnson and his vehicle escaped the fire of 50 ISIS militants but then went back
- They were trying to save the other four US men when they were all struck Sgt. La.’s body was eventually given back to Nigerien troops by a village elder
- That same village elder is suspected of stalling the troops before the ambush
- The October 3 attack in Tongo Tongo, Niger, has been shrouded in secrecy
- Sgt. Johnson’s widow revealed this week that she still did not know how he died
- The new details were revealed on Friday by an unnamed US official
- Questions remain over why the lightly armed unit of just 42 soldiers was sent on a dangerous mission to capture an ISIS target with so few men and weapons
- The official revealed the men were meant to have back-up but it could not go with them at the last minute
- Instead of being called back to base, they were told to proceed with the mission
By Jennifer Smith For Dailymail.com
PUBLISHED: 16:43 EDT, 28 October 2017 | UPDATED: 00:55 EDT, 29 October 2017
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They searched through the night for on October 2 then, on October 3, stopped in Tongo Tongo which is known to have links to the terror group. The soldier said that after meeting the village chief, he tried to stop them from leaving.
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Questions which must now be answered include whether the men should ever have been told to proceed with the mission with no surveillance, no back-up and limited weaponry and ammunition.
It has also shed light on the US military’s presence in Africa which was largely unrecognized until recently.
U.S. forces have been in the country intermittently for more than two decades. Currently, some 800 U.S. service members are supporting a French-led mission to defeat the Islamic State, al-Qaeda and Boko Haram in West Africa.
Another 5,000 or so are in the Middle East. In five years, the number of US commandos in Africa has tripled from only 450 in 2012.
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(1) Was that “village chief” delaying or attempting to save our grunts? Once someone determines that, EITHER WAY he should be appropriately rewarded (i.e., a bullet or a thank you).
(2) Why the <synonym for the act of procreation> are our troops in Africa for two decades? What is our strategic national issue?
It’s up to us vet to “explain” to our elected officials what the “ground truth” is — bring all the girls, boys, women, and men home now! If the politicians think it’s so important, then let them make a case for it. I doubt it will “fly”, but let’s have that conversation.
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