Pentagon Deployed Elite Commandos To Niger Fearing That Militants Were Hunting Missing Soldier, US Officials Say


The Pentagon deployed elite commandos in response to the deadly ambush of a Special Force team in Africa, fearing that one soldier who was missing at the time was alive and might fall into enemy hands, U.S. military officials said.

The commandos, with the secretive Joint Special Operations Command, or JSOC, were deployed from the United States late Oct. 4 after three U.S. soldiers and five Nigerien troops partnered with them were declared killed in action, said three officials, who had familiarity with the operation and spoke on the condition of anonymity due to its sensitivity.

The remains of the missing soldier, Army Sgt. La David T. Johnson, were recovered the evening of Oct. 6 after local Nigeriens found Johnson’s body and turned it over to Nigerien authorities working with U.S. troops.

(c) 2017, The Washington Post ยท Dan Lamothe



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