February 20, 2010 2:09 PM

Probes overlook McChrystal's role in costly Afghan battles

Army Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, kept a remote U.S. base open last year despite warnings from his field commanders that it should be closed and had no tactical or strategic value. The decision to maintain the Barg-e Matal outpost delayed the closure of a second remote post, Combat Outpost Keating, where insurgents killed eight U.S. troops Oct. 3 and deprived a third isolated base of its acting commander when Taliban killed five Americans Sept. 8 in the Ganjgal Valley.

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