February 17, 2010 7:22 PM

Officers blamed in Afghan ambush that killed 5 U.S. troops

An official investigation into a Sept. 8 ambush in Afghanistan offers a scathing assessment. Senior officers were absent, and those left behind were ineffective. The five Americans suffered their fatal wounds during more than an hour when they had no air support. A helicopter gunship only minutes away wasn't dispatched because the request hadn't come through brigade headquarters. Three unidentified officers received official reprimands.

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