Command failures: US soldiers were ordered into indefensible position 

WHAT: A U.S. military investigation said command failures put American soldiers in a tactically indefensible position without adequate support when hundreds of Taliban fighters attacked their remote Afghanistan outpost.

HOW: Eight troops died and 22 others were wounded in the October 2009 attack. The outnumbered 53 soldiers at Combat Outpost Keating held off a large, heavily armed enemy force until air support arrived hours later.

WHAT WAS DONE: Four officers were issued letters of admonition or reprimand for “inadequate response” and “failure … to prepare the unit.” Combat Outpost Keating was closed three days after the attack.

About The Author

Staff Report

Staff Report

A daily newspaper covering San Francisco, San Mateo County and serving Alameda, Marin and Santa Clara counties.
Pin It

Speaking of...

More by Staff Report

Wednesday, Mar 21, 2018


Most Popular Stories

© 2018 The San Francisco Examiner

Website powered by Foundation