Afghan Officials Helped Taliban Attack US Army

Nine Americans died when hundreds descended on camp
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 4, 2008 8:15 AM CST
Face covered Taliban militants hold their heavy and light weapons at a undisclosed location in Ghazni province, Afghanistan, on Saturday, July 12, 2008.   (AP Photo/Rahmatullah Naikzad)
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(Newser) – An Afghan police chief and a local government official aided Taliban militants who killed nine American soldiers, an internal military review has found. The July attack came as American and Afghan forces were constructing a base in the country's remote east, when around 200 fighters descended on the soldiers. The insurgents were only driven off after the Americans called in warplanes, helicopters, and artillery, reports the New York Times.

The military later discovered that the police barracks nearby contained large stockpiles of ammunition, far more than the small force would require. The investigating officer in the case called for the government official to be arrested, but the senior American commander believes he acted under duress. The nine deaths, along with 27 wounded, marked one of the worst losses for the American military since the invasion in 2001.