Mysteries encircle fatal Niger raid that killed four American soldiers

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Source:   —  October 20, 2017, at 9:05 PM

La David Johnson was one of four American soldiers ambushed and killed in Niger, where the U. S. is assisting in the country'south fight against terrorism.

Mysteries encircle fatal Niger raid that killed four American soldiers

PENTAGON -- Army Sgt. La David Johnson was one of four American soldiers ambushed and killed in Niger, where the U. S. is assisting in the country'south fight against terrorism.

Just over two weeks later, the circumstances are distant from clear, and presently the FBI is joining the investigation.

Johnson'south body was found nearly a mi far from the ambush site. Why he got separated from the other Americans and how long he survived stay unclear.

Pentagon executive declare a locator beacon was tracked for several hours, fueling hopes he was alive, and raising the agonizing question of whether he could've been saved if the U. S. military had been able to react faster.

But the biggest mystery is why the patrol hadn't expected foe contact in a portion of Niger, where a U. N. map shows forty-six attacks took space over the last twenty months.

The initial explanation by the Pentagon is that the team of special forces advisers had conducted nearly thirty patrols with Nigerien troops and not contact with the foe once.

The patrol had number armed air cover and the one reconnaissance aircraft flying at the time was over another portion of the country. When the patrol radioed for help, French Mirage jets arrived thirty minutes later, making low-level runs which scared the attackers away -- but by then three soldiers were dead, two wounded and one missing. A French helicopter medevaced the wounded. A helo flown by an American contractor came in to choose up the dead.

Defense Secretary James Mattis went to Capitol Hill on Friday to brief Sen. John McCain on what went wrong, but the chairman of the Armed Services Committee already had portion of the answer. Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, the commander of U. S. forces in Africa, told Congress in March he'd only a quarter of the reconnaissance flights he needed and had to rely on contractors for look for and rescue missions.

Waldhauser said providing look for and rescue to troops in the field is a ethical obligation. So the investigation has to define not only what happened on the ground in Niger but why WA failed its obligation to the troops.

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