February 5th, 2010
05:23 PM ET

Report: Protection, intelligence problems led to Afghan base attack

An investigation into an attack that killed eight U.S. troops in eastern Afghanistan last year said the combat outpost was an "attractive target" because protection improvements hadn't been made and intelligence assets had been diverted.

These were main points in the findings released Friday by the U.S. military into the probe of the October 3 attack on Combat Outpost Keating in the Kamdesh district of Nuristan province.

The attack killed eight U.S. service members and wounded 22 others.

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  1. Harry

    Ah! I'm so glad this was poste| There are tons of opposing
    information posted, this dispells, puts to rest
    much of what I've heard.

    February 16, 2010 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  2. cyrene

    dear yankees,,,,,do not be stupid,,,,no body will throw roses at you when you come and destroy their country ,,,,kill their familly,,,,you get it all wrong ,,,,,,,,,,,go back home,,,,

    February 9, 2010 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  3. Joe

    To A, Smith from Oregon, do you even know the terrain around this outpost? You're an idiot! Air support was called but could not get in, 2 different helicopters were shot up by small arms fire and had to return becuase the mountain pass they were in was so tight the insurgents were firing straight across at them. The OP was getting ready to stand down in a couple of days after the attack which is why they did'nt have as much intel and support. Typical right winger letting his aligator mouth override his hummingbird A**

    February 9, 2010 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
  4. Joe

    What this story does not tell and what everyone here fails to realize is that the soldiers at this place were surrounded at one point and fought an intense fight, while treating there comrades in arms; no hospitals, no medavac due tot he close fight, and had to rely on each other to survive. They went as far as giving blood while fighting off insurgents so their buddies could live. The men who fought here are truely hero's and have earned my respect gratefully.

    Has anyone who posted a comment here ever been to Afghanistan, to fully understand and realize how it is there? I have.

    February 9, 2010 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
  5. Democrat

    Andrew: If you are so convinced that 'the average afghan is glad to have your help' why not make a referendum and ask the Afghans democratically if they want you there?

    February 9, 2010 at 8:02 am | Report abuse |
  6. Andrew

    To Julie

    We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness- That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed- That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of those ends, it is Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security."

    you wont be safe in most any country as long as terror is aloud to exsist in afghanistan. check your history, and be glad the french didn't agree with you when they were deciding on wheather to come help us out with our "revoulutionary war". We're working with the afghans to help them improve their centralized government and protection so they may enter the "developing world". the average afghan is glad to have our help, and i'm one american is glad we're giving it.

    February 8, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Julie

    i honestly can't say i'm surprised about this. whats the problem with securing our borders and monitor correctly who goes in and out of this country? i don't even understand properly how us and british forces are even allowed to enter these countries. no one comes over here and fixes america. i personally think its politics at its best. we are not just being nice enough to assist our brotherly countries here, i think it has more to deal with america getting something out of it.. oil, power... something....

    February 8, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  8. RT

    What a pity to the mortalities of that detachment!

    Generally, the ruling is that we do not get attacked by surprise if we get the 'feel' of what is around us.

    Generally, human interaction irregardless of language difference/barrier is always there. We do not get decimated for no known reasons.

    What a shame indeed!

    February 8, 2010 at 7:55 am | Report abuse |
  9. N/A, AFG

    Air support wasn't called because, in most cases, it's not authorized...This war is to win hearts and minds

    February 8, 2010 at 4:47 am | Report abuse |
  10. A. Smith, Oregon

    The soldiers in charge of this advance base certainly appear to have neglected their duty's to protect those in their care. They were the ones that FAILED to protect, and improve the offensive and defensive capability's they had and soldiers died as a result.

    8 Soldiers died and where was the air cover? Was ANY even called? It sounds entirely like a cluster frak by the SGT's and those in charge at that forward operating base and when that happens, those in their command DIE and are hurt as a direct result.

    Court Marshals should be issued against those in charge there!

    February 6, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Larry

    This is the reason why We have to train the People , Military & Police to take care of Themselves!!! That way We can take Our troops out of There... The longer We stay the worse it will get...

    February 5, 2010 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |