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Wanat Complex Attack and Casualties, 13 July 2008 (Part 1 of 2)

Wanat Complex Attack and Casualties, 13 July 2008 (Part 1 of 2)

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AR 15-6 Investigation Findings and Recommendations — Vehicle Patrol Base (VPB) Wanat Complex Attack and Casualties, 13 July 2008 (Part 1 of 2)
AR 15-6 Investigation Findings and Recommendations — Vehicle Patrol Base (VPB) Wanat Complex Attack and Casualties, 13 July 2008 (Part 1 of 2)

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DEPART
ENTOi'
THEARMY
II"IE;llCQUMTlERS"li,AiSKIFOCE
B-It'fOtoiET
00!!IIN!!i!:IJl05.m'TASKfORGE,_1M
IFORWAm:1CP;ERAnNG~e!FENN.AiGHAl\!!STAI.I
A.PO
iIE
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IF-BAYONET
MEMORA.'DLIM'FOR
Commande;~
CombinedJoi
nt
Task
IForoe~
1(]1.BagramA,jrfje.ld,
cA,fg'ha
nlstan
APO
AEU9~54
SUBJEC1:AR
16-5InvestigetLoln
Findingsand
Rec>ommendatio'!'iJ$-
Vehiole
PatrolB,8S'e(VI?B)
Wa
nat
Comptax
Attack.and
Casual~e$.
1.3,july2008
1.,
II
App-Q~Ii'\t:ment
On
'U;l
July
2008~
'VilaS
appointed
byCOIL
ib)(l).{b}<B)
Chi$.f
of
Staff,Combl~LI
Jolrrt
T
~sk
Fo!\)e-
"'l01
to
GO
nducl:an
inm,rma
I
i
n~tlgatlon
pursuant
to
the
provl$lons
mArmy
Regulati
Ol'l
15.;..6Intotneoomp~attack
and
theresutting
deaths.
and
inj
nes
that
occurred
on
orabout
13
July
2.DO8
~t
Wanat
VlliagB,
KiJnar
IF!
I'o\iii
11100'.
This
report
is
organiud
Inlo
fDlGtS,
iindilllg,~
i
and
reoommendatfo~s.
2-111
Recent
HiS10rlcal
Context
Theevents
,rn
'13
July
20{}8
are
best
uJ\derstoooi
inthecontest
0"
events'!battookplace
in
the"IV
8yg
uIValrs:y
over
thepreceding
twelve
moJil1t!s.
InJune.o'f
2007
'l'~$k
IFioroeRock(5031
N.
173d
ABeT)
assumed
resporh$lbrlJty
for
the
areaofoperationstEilar
in.d
IlJdedl
the:
Wayg'l!llValtelasan
I
nternatiooal
SecurityAssistanceForoe
r'(
ISAF}
In
Reg[onalCommandlEast(RC~)and
es
part:of
TF
Bay.one:l
headqll~nered
in,Jala:labild,
Afghanl:5ltan.
The
Waygu1
Valley
'featums,
,~rem~ly
steep,
mgge:d.
mOli.lln~
lneustercatn
reaching
,el~tlon:sof
be.Wireefl
6,000aiLd
9,000
feet::!
and
is
oneof
t1he
most
datmgerolJs
areas
of
OpII!TI~;ons
inRC-E~.
1
SliM!'lE:a:ii"Ii:tlil
e
(ApPIJintmmt
MemorandLlm
aoolln!;lesUgfatioN!
ClhriOi'l(ll(JigY)_
2
TiF
Fi:oek
(iPllm~rilyccniiPlI"iSeCi
ro..f
'!he
,2!"
Sanalicn..
50l~
Pata:.or,;iJLeInfantry
R~mefl~)
'!liaS
asslgn.edl
to
TF
iSa!{onet(p.rimarily
OOTr!!J;Iri!;i:st!
(;It
Ihe,
73.dAlltlame'
BriQ1a.(je
Combar
Team)ihead.qIO!!:al'tEI'OO
in
J~Dad.wf'Ilcf1
".laS
~b~rd~ietoR~o:ooflCommaw
East
(CJiF-82
ori{rmallya.f!d
rChar'QOO
ItCJ
CJTF·
1til
J
N.MiiIrch
m
21l1Jia)
es
Sl'I
Interr\atloo~1Sectlrity
,A5SiS'Eili'iIOe~
(rMF).
l!'
See
~xhibit
:2.
Battle
if"
Wal1id.~
,.!J,R
15<5
hrr'festtgatiOI!TJ
~(Iantl"
aoo
~r~b~
'Ii
01,CONOFIR'lX!KMove,
fiN
,de:!.ailed
~(1
imagery
deJ:lieti!'il!;;l
thol;!!m
;a,ii!
in
and
ar(!UM
Wanat
 
TF-i8AYONET
..
-
-
-
SUBJEcr:AR15--6I
'!/estjgatiOtil
Fililding:iIarid
Recummendations-
VehEcfeP,HOOI
Base
{VIP-B}
WanatComp.t~xAtta
r::~.
andCas..
u~rltre$,
1.3
J'uly
2008
Thesouthern
end
of
th~
Waygul
Vaney
connects
wfththePech
R~ver
Valley,whtchhaspavedroads
a~d
aJ
slzeab~~liSAF
presence.The
northern
and.
of
the
Wayg.u~Valley
has
slrnostno
~SAF
01"
Afgha:n
Government
p.re.seniCe.$_
Contact
befJJil~ellISAF
and
enemy
'brees,ocecrsfrequentlyin1tieV!/ay.gUl~
'Valley
as
ISAF
forc.esseekto
OOr"Ll"I:>eCt
with
thaloca~
pOp'u1a~io1'i
andmere
~mpt)tUrn1y.•
seek:toconnect
them
withthe'Government
of
the
IslamicRepu'blle
of
NgJn
a
r.11~l8n
(GrIIAQA)
whila
the.
Ar:tti--Afgn~m
Foross·
(AAF)acWe
Iy
attemptstopreve
nt
GlrRoA
legttimacY~.
As
part
of
lh.eir
aHempt
to
usurp
the
~egitimate
p.o.w~rof
the
Afghan
government.
theMFinttiated
a
Ia.rge·
peroen:1EJJge
ofthe:
contact
witrn
rnertar
alttacksaga!n~~.sAFbasesor·ambushes
of
~SAFp.a~ral:s
in
an
aHempt
'Wlowordenycoel
itillJ
nrnroe(CF)positivelntersctlonwith.
the
bcainationalpopulation.
7
Thefreedom
oftovementexperienced
by
the
AAF
lin
Waygul
District
would
notbe
'po$$'io'le
without1he
pas~~\i'e
and
,aati11esupport
IOf
the
locaJ
po
pulation
a
n.d
the
\!Veakne,ssof
the
,govemm9nt
.s~~raJ
Incident'sdemolllstrate
the
.AAFthreat
in
the
Wa.ygulVralleyaJnd!puts
tn~
tlMJreal
facingGho
e~n
Company
on
t:3
July
2008
k~W~l!at
...See
lE):)hlb
it
2.
Bart118
C!f
Wi!:matAR1:5-'5
In'o!el;;i~ig.aliOO
StOJ')ltloom.indi-CEltmg
48.
Elngaaemer.t:s
'lhith
the'
MF,
irldtudiio"g
an
ED.KIA
of
MAJ
Slo~n
(311
Oel
00'-.
too
Ranch
Hou-se
a11la~L;krM4J1
Fl~111l11
WIAsf22
Aug07,.
tl'le
Am.
as
;.lI1'I1~.JlatJ
Fe$l,Jlting
11"1
6U,S,tQAs,8UI.S.WlAiS{'9
Nov
on
SFC
I'(~hler:s.ho:::JJmQ
(208
Jan(8),
tI'1te
;ettelCk
on
l!l.S.,r;o~lei!l...i:~~
shuraa
{2flMajiM};1-4
JulOS
~c'k8
on
COP'
,SI!t1l<lbefore
the]..
3JulO~
aLtad<
at
W:a~at
~EftcctiveQ!.)'!!-ernanoeiiscDm.ljllwat~d
tKy
me
fact
tili!t
the'
GQ~F.nm9fl!e;f'1h@Islam:c
~l"Ibl.£
O'f
Af$lanlslan
O!JlJl!5ii:d-e.;r$
VlJ';~lU:It
to
be·
part
of
KunarflroviflDf;l
i.iWiile
'!:fie'
peop-li!!:
of
W'.ana~
thesh
u
:a8
aM
eYall
tm1:
fjl'ttYllilOC:ial
govern-·antoonsid.~1:'
Wanat
t6!:1e
theDiab'ict
Ca.p?t.aI
of
Waygal
D~m
:='00
:a
~61rt
~f
NuriIQ(an.Th~
pol}~la~oninWana~is,
!I:Ir~gminatr9ty
Nurlsml'1li
eso,P'~~
F'~nr.o
as.
'fNeIJ.
·See
EXhi!i)i:
·g'1:rSie1lemrnent
!ll~
LTC
(b)
('!I),
(b)(6)
dated
1~
JuJ
0:8,
wI1!EifE:lln
M
nOl:l'2!S
there
is,
~n.'O
miid
aUOE!Ss,
:1:0
elltier
~AlrariGIs
ctr
B-el.lal
no.~~f'U'1l1eJllpresefitorseCItITzy.·~s
IP~M'lI:..·
6~
Exhibit
'Z,
~UJe.gfW,aI1MAH:1
5-6
l·fj'!.l'fliS.tlgafDn
Sroryc.Qar4
.an!1l
~:a:I'!li.:hi1:
55.
$~ate::Tflentof
OPT
WJf~~.lb.fi:ll),
,ij)eted
1
7
Ju1
miS·,
1.!'.I'h.ere
he
s~a~es
·lFle
Wia.:f
i'on..V".;l!r:Uinto
-rn-e:
Wa~ul
lis".9',J'i!dua1
pl!$n
ff'tJm
lJiie
Elf',II
maifl
eeo:.Jfe
area
(b.)(~)l4rgh'
plJ5.hine
p'ro.grl;l$S
I'iOru~1
ri'lom
NaFlf.pal'aJ"!1.l'his
vdl,
aJ!a.w.
~e.
local
peopJe
in
V'.JaneitlID
D9W,U'Ilf'I
,;::1006
pr~imity
,of~andli"lgprogress,
I;r.y
wayor
etlollQiflmC
develi:lipolE!11!;
~~'1[i
lmprc!o'lliIgJ
Infrastructure,This.
·gn;l!ju8.1
p.uiSrL
Cffi
ptOgr6SS
wli
a15'D
sllr;;;rw
lrx:l'B".asfid
inv.oJ.;v.emen't
of
ANSP'
Iti£f~
w,HallaMrthem....
0iride(lEir;lo'antty
to
l:!uN'd,
IIIP.
tlleJr
lJoPI,;!I~ir:lIli1.
'!Jkr~c:1iJIs
iJ.hr!!
Ull:imiite90al
Qf
tn!;
m
is~
a-r
Mghanf.5Wn,
D
?
See
ExhitJlt2,
aat~
of
Wanat
AR.5-6
lrtvG:Stigation
,storybos.ro
,arK;!
1E~'hlb:it5l8,
Sb~er1l1em
of
CPT(ib)m.
(b)[6~
i!JsIl.e.'!:I
23
Jul
0:6..
wmr!:li!!l
1'1:&
S:t8~S
~'heimminer..t
tiilrea~
From'ilarlous
repQl!1::s
.if!rn:y
mimiw,as
iEJ
in:drrrect
i!'re
al:tac:I'l.
01"1
theVFI'B.Theenemy
ill
lihe
area
usua"Uy
CCl'lduC'l.5reeen
by'
fime
(testingour
~Si3)
;aMi
at..empts
to
gau9~lDFenL~lio:"ils.
ii:rBfote
a
~a.rgeat1:ack.~.
 
TF-,BAYONlET
SUBJEeT:AR15-6
J
nvestigetionFindings,end
Recommendation.s--
VehiclePatfO~
B~$e
(VPiB).
Vl1anel
Complex
AtlaJd<and
Casualties,13
Ju1y'
2l](1
S
3,1
,IC-.on1bet
Outpost
(COP)
Ar.anliS
(elso
knownas
'Ihe
Ranch
House)
Attac'k.On22
August
2007,the:AAF'
aRia,eked
COP
Aranasilocated
approximate~y
8KMs
to
thenortheast,of""anal.Pantof
the
~ason'(orthjs,
th
raal,
by
the,
MFinvo~ved
the
Afgna"
Seourity
GlJ'aT'OS
(ASG),
An
ASGcommander
'Who
wasrecentRyfiredfromhisdutiesasacomrnandarat.
the
iRa,rlch
House
used
his
deta
il€d
knowtedgeof
1lhe:
camp's.d~n.se.sto
~gad
AAFfighters
~nside
peM,metet
and
:altta.d{
1Jlie'
barr~(iksat
dose
range\l'rJithaumma:'fl1o
we.apons
artldroc.ketpropeJled
gml1adae.
(RPGs')',
Ele,wn
TIF
Roct
Paratroopersw~re
severel;y
WOlJ
ndedantion~ythe
valorous
actionsof
severnllbr.ave
Peral.fOOperspre'!Jented
theRanch'Housefrom.
oei
ng
Gompkatelyoverru
n
8
Tlh:e
Ranch
HCruc$e
'liaS,
subsequenUy
closed
ashadbeenplanned
fa
rseveralweekspriot9.b,.
IliAraos$A'ttaclt.
On9November2007P,a,~1roopsrs
from
1
$'L
Platoon.
Cht:).s.mnCompa
ny
wtthtillslr
ANA
COUlille
rpanswere
re.1urn'ing
from
Q
'shu
rathat
washeki
wffi'l
the.
Aranius
elders
ata
school
house
,previ.o
usly
constructed
by
the,unit
Th~
topicofdiscllssi.onfortheshura
he1d
earHerthat
day
WMfuture
develop;ment
projectsforAranl!s.Onth~irreturn
to
Camp,
B~Ua
tile
platoon
w~s
ambushed
On
the
treaehemusmouOU!~n'pathways.6
AmericaM
wet,e'
IdUMand8,
were
W'OIU
litdedl.
Two
ANASoldters
werre'
kimed
andthreewere
·~'!K;nJl1ded.,
Contrary
to~he
leealcustoms,tJhelocal
elde
f'S
t:mk
'00
responsibil
ity
fur1hea'tta
eks
andotff)red
no
condoiences
10.
G,
I
I
SFCMatthew
Kahler'.
Fo[lo'Wililg
n~e
closure
of
tile
Ranlch
House~
the.
northe
rn~mos1ISAF
ou~oS'l:
ln
ths
W,~gu~
V,aUey
wasCOP
'13
ell
eJo.ca~9.Id
approximately
1,4
kilometersnorth
of
CampBIlessmgand
manned
bya
lIiomtin.g
platoonfromChosen
Company,2~OOdInfentry,On26
Jall\.iar){
2008.SFCMattltem.rK:~h'ler.thePlatoonSeRJeant(PSG)
fnr
COP
SelJa,
vaskil~edby
ASG
atOboorv,a1iofl
Post{OPJ
~SeeE:ri'Jibit'107,
~'t'i1emef1isregalf,tir.g
l
Ret.ch
Heuee
at'1t!oIo:;,
~The
~Eie."'I
to
closethe
Ranri'l
~:se
was.
m~ein
pan:
(I'Jr;t
to
its
rW:l:ive'
''o'ulnsrabllity
to
aUac-kogru~
its
remote
lQit:alrOIi:l
.and
smallsiZe.
See
Exhibit
611,IL
Ie
(bl{3~.(ibWJ~
Slate.me,i'lt
..e
see
Exl;j,ibit.
107.

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