The shocking claim by a new documentary that top US Army officers lied to families and the public about four deaths caused by ISIS insurgents in Niger has been made.

Hulu will release the ABC News documentary 3212 Un-Redacted on Thursday. It provides an in-depth examination of the massacre of October 4, 2017, near Tongo Tongo.

Killed in the overwhelming ambush by scores of ISIS fighters were four members of Operation Detachment Alpha Squad 3212: Sergeant La David Johnson, Staff Sergeant Jeremiah Johnson, Staff Sergeant Bryan Black, and Staff Sergeant Dustin Wright.  

The head of US Africa Command at the time, General Thomas D. Waldhauser claimed that the team had gone rogue, and carried out an illegal capture-kill mission against an ISIS subcommander. They also said they were simply doing reconnaissance. 

The new documentary, however, contains documents and interviews that suggest Squad 3212 followed direct orders. According to Rolling Stone, military leaders may have tried to cover their own tracks in the review.

“The Army let me down. In a trailer, Wright’s dad, who is in deep grief, stated that they had let his son down.

The grieving father of Staff Sergeant Dustin Wright (above) said in a new documentary: 'The Army let me down. They let my son down, and then they lied about it.'

The grieving father of Staff Sergeant Dustin Wright (above) said in a new documentary: ‘The Army let me down. They did not help my son and they then lied about it.

Sergeant La David Johnson

Staff Sergeant Jeremiah Johnson

Killed in the overwhelming ambush on October 4, 2017 in Niger were Sergeant La David Johnson (left) and Staff Sergeant Jeremiah Johnson (right)

Staff Sergeant Bryan Black

Staff Sergeant Dustin Wright

Staff Sergeant Bryan Black and Staff Servant Dustin Wright were killed as well.

In footage of the ambush, US soldiers use a Landcruiser for cover as they drive it toward colored smoke that has been deployed to obscure their retreat and signal air support

The footage shows the US soldiers using a Landcruiser as cover. They drive towards colored smoke, which has been used to hide their retreat and signal for air support. asked for comments on Wednesday evening but did not receive a response from the Pentagon. 

After US troops and Nigerien forces tried to capture and kill Doundou Chefou (an ISIS subcommander) in the area, they were ambushed.

Two failed attempts at locating the insurgent resulted in the convoy returning to base. But partner Nigeriens demanded that the convoy stop in Tongo Tongo so they could eat with leaders of the villages. They were unable to meet for several hours, which led the US soldiers suspecting that their meetings had been stalled or delayed.

The convoy that was unarmed fell into a trap after leaving Tongo Tongo and all the Nigerien support forces were wiped out. Four soldiers were killed by the US troops in an uncontrolled confrontation. They had been outnumbered three-to-one and did not have air support. 

In a press conference discussing the findings of an AFRICOM investigation, General Waldhauser claimed that Squad 3212 lied about its stated mission and never disclosed it was seeking Chenfou.

According to the documentary however, even a redacted AFRICOM Report contained contradictory information. 

General Waldhauser claimed that Squad 3212 lied about its stated mission and never disclosed it was seeking Chenfou, a claim that the documentary disputes as false

General Waldhauser claimed Squad 3212 had lied about their mission, and that it never revealed that they were seeking Chenfou. This claim was corroborated by the document disputes.

The ABC News film, 3212 Un-Redacted , is set to be released on Thursday through Hulu

Hulu is scheduled to release 3212 Un-Redacted, an ABC News film on Thursday

The report states that 3212 was returning to base after receiving orders to go northwest towards Mali’s border. Officials had received a signal from a cell phone suggesting Chenfou might be in the vicinity. 

ODA 3212 Captain Mike Perozeni has been recorded strongly opposing the new objective and requesting that his team forge ahead into the desert at night. 

His commanding officer, Lieutenant Colonel David Painter required that ODA3212 be adhered to the new instructions. 

Perozeni’s protest against Chenfou’s order to follow him flies in opposition to the claim that Chenfou had been captured on a rogue missions. A discrepancy which has never been explained.

In the documentary, interviews are conducted with the families of those who lost their loved ones. These family members claim that there were inconsistencies and falsehoods from the Pentagon about this incident since the beginning.

For example, the Wright family was informed that Wright died from mortar fire. However, his brother claims that the body did not show signs of this and that Wright perished from small arms flames.

Myeshia Johnson kisses her husband La David Johnson's casket at his funeral in Hollywood, Florida, on October 21, 2017. She says the Army lied about how he was killed

Myeshia Johnson hugs La David Johnson’s casket as he is laid to rest at Hollywood’s funeral, October 21, 2017. According to her, the Army lies about his death.

And La David Johnson’s wife was originally informed that he had been fatally thrown from the back of a moving vehicle.

The documentary’s graphic video, first published by (2018), clearly shows that La David Johnson drove the unarmored SUV. However, he later died in a hailstorm of machine gun fire after escaping on foot. 

While some of these discrepancies can be chalked up to early confusion in the fog of combat, the documentary makes the case that military leaders intentionally obfuscated facts in order to protect Painter and his boss, Colonel Brad Moses. 

According to the film, Squad 3212 was sent on an ill-equipped, unsupported mission. Then, it was created to shoulder all of the responsibility in order to protect military brass. 

This attack has raised concerns about the US military’s involvement in Niger. There, approximately 800 US military personnel were stationed to instruct local forces and fly drones. 

A declassified map dating back to 2019 shows that the US military operates 29 bases across Africa. 

Two-thirds (or approximately 6,000) of America’s troops in Africa are stationed in Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti City.