Three Fort Drum Soldiers Reprimanded in Connection to Afghan Ambush
Three unidentified Fort Drum soldiers are being reprimanded following an inquiry into a clash that erupted between Afghan security forces with U.S. Army and Marine trainers and Taliban forces in the Ganjgal Valley near the border of Pakistan in the Kunar Province.
According to a report by McClatchy, which had a correspondent embedded with the squad during the ambush, "the absence of experienced senior leaders and inadequate action by officers in a tactical operations center, including a failure to provide effective artillery and air support, contributed to the deaths of five U.S. troops and nine Afghans in a Sept. 8 battle."
"Eight Afghan troops and an Afghan translator also were killed. Two U.S. Marines and 19 Afghan troops and border police were wounded."
The soldiers' identities were redacted in the copy of the report McClatchy obtained, however the investigation cited several "oversights contributed to the deaths of U.S. and Afghan forces, most involving 10th Mountain Division officers assigned to Forward Operating Base Joyce."
Friday, March 7, 2014, Watertown, NY