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Tue Oct 1, 2013, 05:05 AM

Two U.S. generals fired after security lapse at Afghan base


Two U.S. generals fired after security lapse at Afghan base
By Agence France-Presse
Monday, September 30, 2013 21:41 EDT

The commandant of the US Marine Corps sacked two generals in the wake of a deadly attack last year by the Taliban on a major NATO base in Afghanistan.

General James Amos announced the extraordinary decision after a military investigation found Major General Charles Gurganus and Major General Gregg Sturdevant failed to take sufficient action to safeguard the base from a possible assault by insurgents, the Marine Corps said in a statement.

Two Marines were killed in the September 14-15 attack on Camp Bastion in southern Afghanistan, eight others were wounded and six fighter aircraft were destroyed.


However, Amos found that the commanders “did not exercise the level of judgment expected of General Officers” and had to be held accountable.

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