Oct. 1, 2013
In an action unprecedented during 12 years of war in Afghanistan, the commandant of the Marine Corps is firing two top generals for failing to protect troops at a base in southern Afghanistan from a Taliban attack.
Marine Gen. James Amos, the Corps commandant, agreed to a finding that Maj. Gens. Charles M. Gurganus and Gregg A. Sturdevant “did not take adequate force protection measures” at the British-operated Camp Bastion last year, the Corps said Monday.
On Sept. 14-15, 2012, Taliban fighters got through an unguarded part of a fence and engaged in a long running gunbattle with U.S. and coalition forces. Two Marines were killed and eight other personnel were wounded. Six aircraft were destroyed by the Talib