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Afghan soldiers ran, hid during deadly '09 battle at COP Keating

By Published: June 10, 2011

A military investigation of one of deadliest battles for U.S. troops in Afghanistan found command failures which left soldiers vulnerable and cowardly Afghan allies who hid and stole items as the battle raged on, The Associated Press reported.

Eight U.S. soldiers were killed and 22 more wounded in the October 2009 firefight at Combat Outpost Keating.

A report released Friday concluded that commanders did not respond adequately to reports that the enemy was massing for an attack. First-hand accounts from witnesses also describe Afghan security forces stationed at the base scattering as the attack began, some stealing protein drinks, digital cameras and other personal items belonging to the U.S. troops fighting just yards away, AP reported.

Read more about the problems at the Keating battle from The Associated Press.
 

Combat Outpost Keating in Afghanistan, surrounded by craggy outcroppings, was difficult to defend.
STEPHAN MACE VIA AP

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