We still mourn the loss of four American Green Berets who were ambushed and killed in Niger last month. However, according to a new report, Sgt. La David Johnson may have been executed.
The report claims that the two villagers who found his body stated that they discovered him with a “gaping head wound,” with his hands bound.
These details raise questions to the possibility of Johnson not being killed in an ambush, but rather captured and then executed.
One villager, 23-year-old Adamou Boubacar said, “His two arms were tied behind his back.” Another described the gory scene as, “a mess, as if they had hit him with something hard, like a hammer. They took his shoes. He was wearing only socks.”
Johnson, 25, was one of the four U.S. Special Forces – or Green Berets – killed in an ambush believed to have been orchestrated by militants linked to the Islamic State group in Niger. The attack took place outside a remote village called Tongo Tongo.
Air support from French jets took an hour to arrive at the scene and the soldiers, who were joined by 30 Nigerian troops, had started to run out of ammunition, the report said.
An unnamed U.S. military official told the paper that Johnson’s hands were not tied when Americans received his body, but the body was battered. The official warned about rushing to judgement until the investigations are completed.
The Pentagon and FBI have launched an investigation to find out whether there was an error in the intelligence received before the mission.
The Post, citing an unnamed U.S. military official, reported that it appears that the soldiers’ mission was changed after they left the base and were sent to assist another team in taking out a top ISIS target called Dadou. Five Nigerian soldiers were also killed in the ambush.
Boubacar told the paper that Johnson’s remains were found on Oct. 6, two days after the ambush. The bodies of the other three soldiers, believed to have been killed in action, were reportedly found just hours after the fight, the report said.
We will continue to keep the families of the Green Berets we lost in our prayers, as well as every other soldier fighting for our freedom. We will pray for justice.