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Exclusive look inside the Niger ambush zone
01:53 - Source: CNN

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Four US soldiers were killed and two were wounded in the ambush

The body of Sgt. La David Johnson was recovered 48 hours after the attack

Washington CNN  — 

With the Pentagon’s final report into the October ambush of a Green Beret-led team in Niger expected by the end of January, CNN is learning new details about the questions investigators have been asking to determine what led to the deaths of four US soldiers.

Two US officials told CNN the military investigation could be followed by administrative action against more than one officer involved in planning and executing the mission. If approved by the Army, reprimands could be issued for failures to follow procedures.

US military officials have previously told CNN that the US-led team was traveling with 30 Nigerien soldiers when they were attacked by approximately 50 ISIS-affiliated fighters armed with rocket-propelled grenades, mortars and heavy machine guns.

During the subsequent gun battle, which lasted for hours, four US soldiers – Staff Sgt. Bryan C. Black, Staff Sgt. Jeremiah W. Johnson, Staff Sgt. Dustin M. Wright and Sgt. La David T. Johnson – were killed and two were wounded.