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PublishDate: Wednesday, December 29, 201013:55

Report on Afghan battle shifts blame

 Families of soldiers killed in a battle in Afghanistan say they are angry that the official U.S. Army history blames lower-level commanders and the fog of war. 

A first draft prepared in 2009 said higher-level commanders failed to provide needed resources, leaving troops at a remote base near the Pakistani border vulnerable in the 2008 battle, The Washington Post reported Tuesday. The final draft criticizes platoon leaders for not mounting adequate patrols.
Nine soldiers were killed in what became known as the Battle of Wanat when about 200 Taliban surrounded the base.
The report criticizes 1st Lt. Jonathan Brostrom for putting an observation post in the wrong place. Brostrom was killed in the fight.
"They blame the platoon-level leadership for all the mistakes at Wanat," said retired Col. David Brostrom. "It blames my dead son. They really missed the point." 

The debate over the history is part of a larger debate in the military, the Post said. Three top-level commanders received letters of reprimand, but reprimands were rescinded because of the fear ending the careers of those who received them would discourage other commanders in Afghanistan from making risky choices.

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