General David Petraeus, head of the Central Command has initiated still another investigation of the battle in Wanat, Afghanistan that resulted in the death of nine American paratroopers and the wounding of 27, On July 13, 2008, near the end of their 15 month deployment, soldiers from the 22nd Battalion of the 173rd BRigade Combat Team were attacked in the rugged Wangul Valley with heavy casualties. More than 200 enemy fighters swarmed over the outpost and a fierce battle ensued. Many questions remain why the soldiers were so exposed and why there was lack of attack helicopters on the scene.
At the core of this investigation is the military strategy that allowed a group of American soldiers to be stationed in a remote village. Why were they in Wanat and what was their mission?