That was the last time Ayar saw Johnson. But he continued to hear Johnson and his team as they struggled to keep at bay the men bent on killing them.
They were firing at the Taliban, Ayar said. I heard them firing for one or two minutes. I didnt hear them firing after that.
McClatchy special correspondent Ali Safi contributed to this report from Asmar, Afghanistan.
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