Marine Corps Gen. James N. Mattis has appointed Air Force Brig. Gen. Stephen A. Clark from the Air Force Special Operations Command headquarters at Hurlburt Field, Fla., to investigate the Nov. 26 deaths of Pakistani soldiers during an engagement near Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan.
Clark has been asked to produce his initial report on the incident by Dec. 23 and may ask for administrative support and help from other experts.
“This is a Centcom-led investigation with full NATO cooperation and you will include NATO representation in your investigation team,” Mattis said in an appointment letter sent to Clark Monday according to a report by Cheryl Pellerin of the American Forces Press Service.
The investigation will focus on the facts of the incident, determine which U.S., ISAF, Afghan and Pakistan units were involved and if they crossed the border and under what conditions.
Additionally, Clark is to recommend improvements for near-border operations.
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