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As the clip continues, ISIS militants fire bullets as they surround the soldiers, a group made of 11 Americans and 30 Nigeriens. Pictured above, the tactical vehicle is seen in the background from next to the Land Cruiser

Most of the footage featured in the nine-minute video, entitled, “Assault of the Brave Against the Army of the Americans: the Battle of Tongo Tongo,” was retrieved by the jihadis from a camera on the combat gear of the dead Green Berets, giving a grim look into the last moments of the elite troops as they attempted to fend off the assault, killing as many as 21 militants believed to be members of the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara. The clip opens with footage of the militants riding on the back of trucks bearing the flag of ISIS and heading toward what may have been the site of the ambush.

A narrator then calls on Muslims to support the jihadis’ self-proclaimed caliphate as excerpts of a video show members of the Jama Nusrat ul-Islam wa al-Muslimin, a coalition of West African Islamist militant groups, pledging allegiance to ISIS in March 2017, as well as a clip of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and images of U.S. soldiers both alive and dead.

“Fight them, God will punish them by your hands and disgrace them, and give you victory over them, and heal the breasts of a believing people, and remove the rage from the believing people’s hearts,” the narrator said, quoting the Quran before scenes from the attack were shown.

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Three of the soldiers make their final stand around an unarmored Toyota Land Cruiser as the colored smoke rises

A narrator then calls on Muslims to support the jihadis’ self-proclaimed caliphate as excerpts of a video show members of the Jama Nusrat ul-Islam wa al-Muslimin, a coalition of West African Islamist militant groups, pledging allegiance to ISIS in March 2017, as well as a clip of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and images of U.S. soldiers both alive and dead.

“Fight them, God will punish them by your hands and disgrace them, and give you victory over them, and heal the breasts of a believing people, and remove the rage from the believing people’s hearts,” the narrator said, quoting the Quran before scenes from the attack were shown.

After the narration cuts, the video shows a group of what appears to be ISIS militants rushing into battle as a pro-ISIS hymn dominates the audio. It then switches to the perspective of the 3rd Special Forces Group soldiers involved in the ambush. As one group of soldiers uses a vehicle as cover, another joins in the fight and they attempt to withdraw from the attack, firing into the bush where the jihadis are located.

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Members of the 3rd Special Forces Group, 2nd battalion cry at the tomb of US Army Sgt. La David Johnson at his burial service in the Memorial Gardens East cemetery on October 21, 2017 in Hollywood, Florida. Sgt. Johnson and three other US soldiers were killed in an ambush in Niger on October 4.

The soldier whose camera the video is shot from stumbles, but recovers and attempts to aid another soldier who appears to have already been killed. The driver of the vehicle exits to help drag the body toward the vehicle and provide cover fire before the two soldiers try to flee. The soldier wearing the camera again falls and does not stand again. The jihadis continue to fire at him, even as they approach his motionless body at point-blank range and blood is seen spilling onto the ground. In the final shot of the video, the jihadis show off the bloodied corpses of two of the soldiers.

The four U.S. soldiers killed that day were Staff Sergeant Bryan Black, Staff Sergeant Jeremiah Johnson, Sergeant La David Johnson and Staff Sergeant Dustin Wright. Two U.S. personnel were also wounded, including Captain Michael Perozeni. Five Nigerien troops were killed and eight more wounded.

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US Army Special Forces Staff Sergeant Jeremiah Johnson (left), Staff Sergeant Bryan Black (second left) and Staff Sergeant Dustin Wright (second right) died near Tongo Tongo in western Niger on October 4. A fourth soldier, Sergeant La David Johnson (right), was also killed after he got separated from the rest of the unit

The team of about 11 U.S. forces and 30 of their Nigerien counterparts was reportedly returning to base from a mission, possibly to kill or capture ISIS in the Greater Sahara leader Adnan Abu Walid al-Sahrawi, when it came under fire.

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Source: newsweek

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