Video surfaces of Special Forces soldiers in Niger just before they were killed


Video footage from National Geographic has surfaced, showing the Special Forces operators and support soldiers slain in the infamous Niger ambush last year.

A National Geographic photographer captured a day in the life of the soldiers, from Staff Sergeant Dustin Wright blowing things up with a grin on his face to support soldier Sergeant La David Johnson shaving hair, fixing generators and doing backflips.

Staff Sgt. Bryan C. Black, 35, of Puyallup, Wa. (from l.); Staff Sgt. Jeremiah W. Johnson, 39, of Springboro, Ohio; Staff Sgt. Dustin M. Wright, 29, of Lyons, Ga, were all killed in the ambush attack in Niger. (U.S. ARMY)

“Finding stuff to do like making sure my truck’s good, making sure my generator’s good,” a cheerful Johnson said. “Like regular maintenance on the daily.”

A mechanic by trade, Johnson was not a Green Beret but one of their support members attached to the team.

“They were authorized to accompany Nigerien forces when the prospect of enemy contact was unlikely,” Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford said.

The unit was ambushed during a “snap play” mission to capture a terror cell leader in October of last year, resulting in four American fatalities, including Johnson and Wright.

During the gun battle, Johnson was separated from the team and was shot over eighteen times. His body was not found until two days after the ambush.

According to WNCN, the troopers had uttered a phrase over the radio which had not been uttered since the Vietnam War: “Broken Arrow,” shorthand military lingo used when one’s position is overrun.

An investigation into what exactly happened is still ongoing despite being past the original deadline.

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