Questions Raised About Leadership

After the Battle of Wanat, the Army issued a series of tepid recommendations. But David Brostrom, the father of Lt. Jonathan Brostrom, who was killed in the fight, began pushing for a fuller investigation. He finally got the support of Sen. James Webb (D-Va.). Meanwhile, another Army report found serious errors with the mission.

Army 15-6 Investigation

Aug. 13, 2008

Internal investigation largely absolves senior Army leaders of any serious errors related to the Wanat incident.

Review by Army historian

In an unreleased draft report, an Army historian at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., is sharply critical of senior Army leaders in Afghanistan. He finds that soldiers at Wanat were short of basic necessities and repeatedly complained that they were in a precarious position. The Washington Post obtained a version of the report, posted here.

Brostrom presses Congress for assistance

Sept. 22, 2008

In a letter, Brostrom urges Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) to press for an investigation by military and civilian leaders into the "decisions that led to the death of my son and the eight other brave soldiers who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country."

Army response to congressional inquiry

Army finds no problems with the oversight, planning and execution of the Wanat mission.

Request for Defense Department investigation

Nov. 28, 2008

Request by Sen. James Webb (D-Va.) for formal investigation

July 9, 2009

In a letter to the Pentagon's inspector general, Webb pushed for a formal examination of the Taliban assault and suggested that the Army may have mishandled an investigation of the incident.

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