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Old November 10th, 2017, 04:33 PM   #1
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U.S. Did Not Find Dead Soldier In Niger

If Benghazi deserved 8 investigations, then this Niger disaster deserves a few.

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U.S. soldier in Niger ambush was bound and apparently executed, villagers say
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By Sudarsan Raghavan November 10 at 6:36 PM

NIAMEY, Niger — The body of Sgt. La David Johnson, one of four U.S. soldiers killed in an ambush by Islamist militants in Niger last month, was found with his arms tied and a gaping wound at the back of his head, according to two villagers, suggesting that he may have been captured and then executed.

Adamou Boubacar, a 23-year-old farmer and trader, said some children tending cattle found the remains of the soldier Oct. 6, two days after the attack outside the remote Niger village of Tongo Tongo, which also left five Nigerien soldiers dead. The kids notified him.

When Boubacar went to the location, a bushy area roughly a mile from the ambush site, he saw Johnson’s body lying face down, he said. The back of his head had been smashed by something, possibly a bullet, said Boubacar. The soldier’s wrists were bound with rope, he said, raising the possibility that the militants — whom the Pentagon suspects were affiliated with the Islamic State — seized Johnson during the firefight and held him captive.

The villagers’ accounts come as the Niger operation is under intense scrutiny in the United States, with lawmakers expressing concern that they have received insufficient or conflicting information about what happened. The Pentagon is conducting an investigation into the attack in Niger, where the U.S. military is helping the Nigerien government confront a threat by militants associated with the Islamic State and al-Qaeda.

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If Benghazi deserved 8 investigations, then this Niger disaster deserves a few.


His poor family. This whole mess is just heartbreaking.
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His poor family. This whole mess is just heartbreaking.
How could our military be so severed from the situation that this soldier was left behind and his remains had to be found by a farmer ?
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How could our military be so severed from the situation that this soldier was left behind and his remains had to be found by a farmer ?
It was just a few advisers with a Nigerian unit, they got hit hard, it happens.
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It was just a few advisers with a Nigerian unit, they got hit hard, it happens.
Benghazi happened but that did not stop the Republicans from using it politically and carrying on investigations that lasted longer than either the 911 commission or the Kennedy Assassination - Warren investigation.
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It was just a few advisers with a Nigerian unit, they got hit hard, it happens.
They were with a Nigerien unit in Niger.

Nigerians are people from Nigeria.
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