A heartbreaking truth began to dawn for the family of slain Army Sgt. La David Johnson as loved ones prepared for a private funeral Saturday for the soldier who was killed along with three comrades in an ISIS ambush in Niger.
Sgt. La David Johnson was found nearly a mile away from the central scene of the ambush in Niger that killed four US soldiers -- including Johnson -- and wounded two others, four administration officials familiar with the early assessment of what happened told CNN on Friday.
The FBI is assisting Niger authorities in the investigation of the deaths of four US servicemen, a law enforcement official tells CNN, a routine step for the bureau when US citizens are killed overseas.
Defense Secretary James Mattis said Thursday that the "US military does not leave troops behind" but did not offer specific details about why the body of Sgt. La David Johnson was recovered nearly 48 hours after his 12-member team was ambushed by 50 ISIS fighters in Niger two weeks ago.
White House chief of staff John Kelly, in an extraordinary and at times emotional statement Thursday, said he advised President Donald Trump on what to say before he called the families of the four fallen soldiers who died during an ambush in Niger.
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