Four US soldiers were killed and two wounded in what is the deadliest combat mission of Donald Trump's short presidency to date. Here's the latest.
Oct. 23, 2017: Myeshia Johnson, the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, now finds herself in a public dispute with President Donald Trump. Johnson said Trump's condolence call included numerous oversights and that the call made her cry.
The Defense Department identified all four service members killed in the ambush that occurred near the Niger-Mali border by up to 50 fighters from ISIS in the Greater Sahara.
Sgt. La David Johnson, Staff Sgt. Bryan Black, Staff Sgt. Jeremiah Johnson and Staff Sgt. Dustin Wright died as a result of the October 4 attack, after helping local forces in Niger combat terrorists.
Johnson, one of the soldiers killed, was separated from his 12-member team and wasn't found until two days later, a mile away from where the ambush is believed to have initially happened.
Initial reports suggested the 12-member US team was leaving a meeting in unarmored pick-up trucks when they began taking fire from small arms, machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades, according to a US defense official.
Intel rated it "unlikely" US team would face opposition: One official has told CNN that the military's intelligence said it was "unlikely" that the team would run into enemy forces. "This was not expected," US Africa Command spokesman Army Col. Mark Cheadle said. "Had we anticipated this sort of attack we would have absolutely devoted more resources to it to reduce the risk and that's something we are looking at right now," he added.
But later officials said the 12-man Green Beret-led team were actually not in the trucks having just completed a meeting with local leaders and were walking back to the unarmored pick-up trucks when the unexpected ambush resulted in a firefight that lasted 30 minutes until French Mirage jets arrived overhead to fly low passes in an attempt to disperse the attackers.
President Donald Trump has received criticism for his long silence following the attack and handling of the aftermath -- particularly his public feud with Rep. Frederica Wilson, a Florida Democrat, over Trump's phone call with Myeshia Johnson, the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson.
White House chief of staff John Kelly said he was "stunned" by what Wilson told reporters after she listened in on President Donald Trump's call to Johnson's widow. Kelly, a Gold Star father, said he was "brokenhearted" by the congresswoman's criticism and said that he had advised Trump on what to say before he called the families of the four fallen soldiers who died during an ambush in Niger. Kelly said he encouraged Trump to echo words Gen. Joseph Dunford offered to Kelly when his own son was killed in Afghanistan.