- By Thomas E. RicksThomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military for the Washington Post from 2000 through 2008. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Just what did happen in Wanat, the firefight in Afghanistan in the summer of 2008 that left nine American soldiers dead? That is just what Centcom appears to be asking, according to this press release that just came in:
HEADQUARTERS UNITED STATES CENTRAL COMMAND
USCENTCOM appoints investigating officer to review 2008 Afghanistan combat action
U.S. Central Command
MACDILL AFB, Fla. (Sept. 30, 2009) – Gen. David H. Petraeus, Commander, U.S. Central Command, has appointed Lt. Gen Richard F. Natonski, Commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Command, to investigate the facts and circumstances surrounding the combat action that occurred on July 13, 2008, at Wanat Village, Wygal District, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan.
The new investigation will address issues that have arisen since the completion of the AR 15-6 investigation, and will also address circumstances beyond the tactical level.
I find it especially interesting that Centcom is taking this out of the hands of the Army, which has handled all the investigations and reports so far, described in previous posts.