EXCLUSIVE: U.S. ignored warnings before deadly Afghan attack – Washington Times

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Friday, October 16, 2009

EXCLUSIVE: U.S. ignored warnings before deadly Afghan attack

By Bill Gertz

Three intelligence reports warned that Taliban insurgents were planning an attack just days before this month’s raid on two remote military outposts in eastern Afghanistan that killed eight U.S. soldiers, but the reports were dismissed as insignificant, U.S. officials told The Washington Times.

As a result, military officials did not send additional troops or make preparations to protect the 140 U.S. and Afghan troops at the combat outposts near Kamdesh in Nuristan province by the Pakistan border, the officials said.

Army Maj. T.G. Taylor, a spokesman for the Army’s Task Force Mountain Warrior, told The Times that the three reports did not stand out among hundreds of others and that the intelligence was deemed to be not specific and uncorroborated.

via EXCLUSIVE: U.S. ignored warnings before deadly Afghan attack – Washington Times.

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