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More remains of Sgt. Johnson found in Niger...

Investigators find additional remains of Sgt. Johnson in Niger
Nov. 21, 2017 -- Military investigators found the additional remains of Sgt. La David Johnson at the site where he was killed in Niger last month, the Pentagon said Tuesday.
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Department of Defense spokeswoman Dana White issued a statement saying a joint U.S. Africa Command investigation team found the human remains Nov. 12. "Today, we can confirm that the Armed Forces Medical Examiner has positively identified these remains as those of Sgt. Johnson," she said.


Military medical examiners said additional remains found a mile away from an ambush site in Niger belonged to Sgt. La David Johnson.

Johnson and three other members of the U.S. Army Special Forces died Oct. 4 when a joint patrol with the Nigerien military near Niger's border with Mali came under attack. Two others were injured. Johnson initially went missing after the attack, but Nigerien troops found his body two days later nearly a mile away from the ambush site.

The Department of Defense identified the other three soldiers killed as Staff Sgt. Bryan C. Black, 35, of Puyallup, Wash.; Staff Sgt. Jeremiah W. Johnson, 39, of Springboro, Ohio; and Staff Sgt. Dustin M. Wright, 29, of Lyons, Ga. The soldiers were assigned to 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) in Fort Bragg, N.C. White said the Department of Defense "continues to conduct a detailed and thorough investigation" in the attack.

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Investigators Find More Remains of US Soldier Killed in Niger
21 Nov 2017 | U.S. military investigators found more remains of the Army soldier killed in Niger, the Defense Department announced Tuesday.
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A team with U.S. Africa Command on Nov. 12 discovered additional human remains at the site where Sgt. La David T. Johnson's body was recovered in the Western African country, according to a statement from Pentagon Chief Spokesperson Dana W. White. The Armed Forces Medical Examiner on Tuesday positively identified them as those of Johnson, White said. Johnson, 25, of Miami Gardens, Florida, was killed with three other members of the Army's 3rd Special Forces Group in an Oct. 4 ambush in Niger. The others were Staff Sgt. Bryan C. Black, 35, of Puyallup, Washington; Staff Sgt. Jeremiah W. Johnson, 39, of Springboro, Ohio; and Staff Sgt. Dustin M. Wright, 29, of Lyons, Georgia. "We extend our deepest condolences to all of the families of the fallen," White said.

Two more American troops were wounded and five Nigerien troops were also killed in the incident, which occurred near the village of Tongo Tongo in the northwestern part of the country. The four U.S. service members killed in action were part of a 12-man team from the Army 3rd Special Forces Group that joined a patrol with 30 Nigerien troops. During the firefight, Sgt. La David Johnson became separated from the rest of the group. His body was not recovered until two days after the initial attack. It wasn't immediately clear why some of Johnson's remains were left in the country.

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U.S. Army Sergeant La David Johnson, who was among four special forces soldiers killed in Niger.[/enter]

Johnson's pregnant widow, Myeshia Johnson, who was angered by what she said was President Donald Trump mispronouncing her husband's name during a condolence call, said she was prevented from seeing her husband's body. "I need to see him so I will know that that is my husband," she told ABC News last month. "They won't show me a finger, a hand. I know my husband's body from head to toe, and they won't let me see anything."

Army Maj. Gen. Roger Cloutier, a career infantry officer, Iraq veteran and the chief of staff to Marine Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, commander of U.S. Africa Command, is leading an Article 15-6 fact-finding investigation into the firefight in western Niger near the Mali border. Under their rules of engagement, the 12 U.S. soldiers on the patrol "were authorized to accompany Nigerien forces when the prospects for enemy contact was unlikely," Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford has said. Some news outlets, citing defense officials, have reported that the patrol diverted from its reconnaissance mission to pursue an extremist leader thought to be in the area and that Johnson may have been captured and executed.

Investigators Find More Remains of US Soldier Killed in Niger | Military.com
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Our troops would be better served being placed along our southern border and shooting all invaders attempting to enter illegally. (That might sound harsh, but it would only have to happen once or twice and then the invasion would mostly stop.) We have no business placing bases and troops all around the world. That has nothing to do with protecting us and everything to do with making profits for defense contractors. Defending our borders is vital; sending troops to Niger, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, etc. is not.
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