Stryker Afghan War Crimes Probe

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Months after allegations and the start of UCMJ proceedings, investigations have finally been started of Stryker Brigade officers and leaders of those Stryker soldiers suspected of committing war crimes in Afghanistan.  The focus of the probe is determine whether the leaders of the 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division should have known sooner about the alleged crimes and illegal activity ongoing in the unit as well as the level and type of training the unit underwent prior to its deployment.  Like a child’s behavior is a reflection of a parent, so to, is a units performance a mirror of its leaders.  Unfortunately, even if the investigation leads to a level of accountability shared by unit leaders, the Army has shied away from holding leaders accountable for failed combat leadership (i.e. Wanat, Abu Graib).

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