Report: Fallen soldiers were separated from unit in Niger

U.S. Army carry team transfers the remains of Army Staff Sgt. Dustin Wright of Lyons, Ga.. Photo: Staff Sgt. Aaron J. Jenne / U.S. Air Force via AP

One of the first to arrive on the Niger ambush scene, a Nigerien soldier, as well as a U.S. official "directly familiar" with after-action reports, told CNN that the vehicles in the 12-member Green Beret–led team were separated from each other. Four U.S. service members were killed as a result of the gun battle that followed.

What happened: Per the Nigerien soldier on the scene (although there are still gaps following the classified briefing Pentagon officials provided to lawmakers on Capitol Hill Thursday):