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'We don't leave anyone behind': Search for soldier never stopped after Niger ambush

'We don't leave anyone behind': Search for soldier never stopped after Niger ambush

World
U.S. Africa Command has launched a formal investigation into the circumstances surrounding an ambush in Niger that killed four U.S. soldiers and wounded two others. The investigation comes as the Pentagon said Thursday that the fourth soldier, Sgt. La David Johnson, was "separated" from his fellow soldiers but never left behind. "We don't leave anyone behind.... He was separated," chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana White said of Johnson, whose body wasn't recovered until more than 24 hours after the Oct. 4 firefight. Joint Staff Director Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie told reporters during a Pentagon briefing that U.S., French and Nigerien forces never left the battlespace until Johnson's body was found by local Nigerien soldiers. Until today, U.S. Africa Command had been conducting an infor...
How 2 surgeons, bomb expert saved a soldier with a grenade in his torso

How 2 surgeons, bomb expert saved a soldier with a grenade in his torso

Health
It was a sunny spring day in eastern Afghanistan on March 16, 2006, when U.S. army soldiers in the Alpha Company headed out on patrol into the heart of Taliban country. Capt. Billy Mariani, Private Channing Moss and Staff Sgt. Eric Wynn were part of a convoy on the move, with Moss manning a gun in the vehicle. Also on the Humvee with them was an army medic named Jared Angell, whom the men called simply, “Doc.” Watch the full story on "20/20: The Good Doctors: Brilliance and Bravery," Wednesday, Sept. 13 at 10 p.m. on ABC. As the convoy entered a narrow stream bed, surrounded by higher ground, Wynn said suddenly there was a “pop.” “We’re under attack,” Moss said. “We just got ambushed.” The men got into position as bullets cut through the air; the bullets then became rocket-propelled gr