Senior Pentagon officials on Thursday defended the small team of American troops targeted in a deadly ambush earlier this month in Africa, an incident that has raised questions about why a slain soldier was not recovered for two days.

The Oct. 4 operation in Niger, now under U.S. military investigation, resulted in the deaths of four Special Forces soldiers. One was Sgt. La David Johnson, whose remains were not located until Oct. 6.

It’s highly unusual for that much time to pass before a slain soldier is recovered. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis suggested there were extenuating circumstances at play.


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