CENTCOM commander Marine Corps Gen. James R. Mattis directed the International Security Assistance Force to take a series of corrective actions after receiving the final report.
As a result of the investigation and report, Mattis directed ISAF Commander Marine Corps Gen. John R. Allen to implement the following actions as soon as possible:
- Improve mutual trust among those working in the border areas.
- Clarify authorities, responsibilities and standard operating procedures for command, control and communication in near-border operations and develop formal training exercises and drills.
- Implement a program of full disclosure of all border area facilities and installations on both sides of the border, with systematic updates based on a common database and map.
- Before conducting any operation, direct all future coalition units and formations contemplating near-border area operations to confirm all installations near the border and the planned objective.
- To prevent friendly fire incidents, develop and share with the Pakistan military the common use of force-escalation measures such as show of force and other standard procedures.
- Consider harmonizing ISAF and Operation Enduring Freedom rules of engagement to promote clarity and transparency.
The focus is to ease mistrust and miscommunication among those working in the Afghanistan-Pakistan border area which led to the deaths of 24 Pakistani soldiers.
“The strongest take-away from this incident,” Mattis said in a statement, “is the fundamental fact that we must improve border coordination, and this requires a foundational level of trust on both sides of the border.”
You can read the full Armed Forces Press Service article on the investigation report HERE.
Filed under: Department of Defense, Deployment | Tagged: Afghanistan, CENTCOM commander Marine Corps Gen. James R. Mattis, International Security Assistance Force, John R. Allen, Pakistan, Pakistani Armed Forces, postaday2011, United States Central Command |