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Pentagon Report: Multiple Failures Led To Deaths Of 4 Troops In Niger

The investigation finds the troops weren't fully prepared, the mission changed and higher-level commanders weren't properly informed. The soldiers died in an ambush by militants linked to ISIS.
Members of the 3rd Special Forces Group, 2nd Battalion, salute the casket of U.S. Army Sgt. La David Johnson at his burial service in Hollywood, Fla., on Oct. 21. Johnson and three other U.S. soldiers were killed in an ambush in Niger on Oct. 4. Source: Gaston De Cardenas

The Pentagon said Thursday that an investigation into the deaths of four American soldiers in Niger last year found "individual, organizational and institutional failures." But it said no sole reason was responsible for the tragedy.

The four Americans were part of a U.S. contingent that's been assisting Niger's military

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