Two US generals sacked over security lapse at Afghan base
WASHINGTON (AFP) - The commandant of the US Marine Corps on Monday sacked two generals in the wake of a deadly attack last year by the Taleban on a major Nato base in Afghanistan.
General James Amos announced the extraordinary decision after a military investigation found Major General Charles Gurganus and Major General Gregg Sturdevant failed to take sufficient action to safeguard the base from a possible assault by insurgents, the Marine Corps said in a statement.
Two Marines were killed in the September 14-15 attack on Camp Bastion in southern Afghanistan, eight others were wounded and six fighter aircraft were destroyed.
Endorsing the probe's findings, Amos wrote that he was aware of the difficulties faced by the Marines amid a troop withdrawal in Afghanistan, but "my duty requires me to remain true to the timeless axioms relating to command responsibility and accountability." He added: "Responsibility and accountability are the sacred tenets of Commandership." Amos recommended to the Navy secretary that Gurganus's nomination for promotion to the rank of Lieutenant General be rescinded and that Sturdevant receive a letter of censure. And he asked both officers to retire, the statement said.