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Additional remains of Sgt. La David Johnson found in Niger

21 Novembre 2017

"On Nov. 12, 2017, a joint U.S Africa Command military investigation team discovered additional human remains at the site where Sgt". A military medical examiner later determined the remains belonged to Army Sgt.

Questions have been raised over why it took hours before backup support reached the patrol, and why Johnson's body was left behind and only recovered the following day. His body was not recovered until two days after the initial attack.

Johnson's family has been critical of the handling of the soldier's death by President Donald Trump's administration.

White and other top Pentagon officials have cited the ongoing combined probe into the attack by U.S. Africa Command and the Federal Bureau of Investigation in declining to answer questions.

"The Department of Defense is committed to a thorough and detailed investigation into the deaths of Staff Sgt. Bryan C. Black, Staff Sgt. Jeremiah W. Johnson, Staff Sgt. Dustin M. Wright and Sgt". La David Johnson became separated from the rest of the group.

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"We extend our deepest condolences to all of the families of the fallen", White said. The investigation is expected to be completed by January. The few details known indicate a 12-man USA team accompanied Nigerien security forces on a routine mission near the Niger-Mali border when dozens of Islamic State fighters ambushed the group. The patrol had left the Nigerien capital of Niamey on October 3 to meet with local leaders in Tongo Tongo.

Johnson and three other American soldiers - Staff Sgt. Bryan Black, Staff Sgt. Jeremiah Johnson and Staff Sgt. Dustin Wright - were killed in an October 4 when militants believed to be linked to the Islamic State ambushed their patrol, consisting of 12 US troops and 30 Nigerien forces.

A combination photo of U.S. Army Special Forces Sergeant Jeremiah Johnson (L to R), U.S. Special Forces Sgt. Bryan Black, U.S. Special Forces Sgt. Dustin Wright and U.S. Special Forces Sgt. Nigerien, U.S., and French forces searched for Johnson's body for almost 48 hours before it was found.

There are about 8,000 American troops in Niger, where the United States is building a drone base and employs special operators to train and assist Nigerien troops to conducted counterterrorism operations in the country.

Additional remains of Sgt. La David Johnson found in Niger