Investigators Find More Remains Of US Soldier Killed In Niger

US Recovers Additional Remains Of Sgt. Johnson In Niger

Human remains belonging to slain Army Sgt.

The Armed Forces Medical Examiner positively identified the remains as those of Sgt Johnson. "Once the investigation is completed, briefing the families of the fallen will be the Department's first priority", a statement released last month said. "Every time I asked to see my husband, they wouldn't let me", Johnson said. Trump denied telling Johnson's widow that her husband knew "what he signed up for, but I guess it still hurts".

Reports from Niger say a local farmer found Johnson's body with his hands bound, about a mile away from the site of the attack, suggesting he may have been taken captive before he died. "La David T. Johnson", White said.

The soldiers were initially believed to have been attacked by roughly 50 militants, but that estimate rose to approximately 200 in recent days.

White added the investigation is still ongoing into how Johnson was killed alongside Staff Sgt. Bryan Black, Staff Sgt. Jeremiah Johnson and Staff Sgt. Dustin Wright.

Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., said Trump gave a tone-deaf condolence call to Myeshia Johnson while she was on her way to pick up her husband's body. "I don't know nothing, they won't show me a finger, a hand". I don't know what's in that box.

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. "It could be empty, for all I know". "I haven't seen him since he came home". It's still unclear why he was left at a different location.

Mr. Johnson's death also drew media attention after President Donald Trump called his widow in an exchange that she characterised as insensitive.

Under their rules of engagement, the 12 USA 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.

United States officials are also investigating local eyewitness reports Sgt. Johnson was found with his hands tied, a defense official told CNN earlier this month, though the U.S. military has not confirmed those accounts.

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.

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