Eight dead, 27 wounded at OP Keating may be due to Bergdahl...
In the flowery language of the late Saddam Hussein, the deal struck by the Obama Administration with the Taliban terrorists for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl may be the mother of all backfires. In the wake of Fox News reporting on June 2, 2014 that the Department of Defense (DoD) had reason to believe Bergdahl was an "active collaborator" with the enemy, Fox News is now reporting on June 3, 2014, that the Pentagon very quietly called off the search for the then-Private First Class in 2010 after having "incontrovertible" evidence he deserted on his own volition.
The body count may go from eight to sixteen dead because of Bergdahl...
To further compound the burgeoning Taliban swap scandal coming down hard on Barack Obama, already enraged tempers were further inflamed when the normally liberal-friendly The Daily Beast news portal reporting on June 2, 2014 that eight soldiers in total were killed in action (KIA) searching for the missing Bergdahl. With 48 hours, more reports emanating from the DoD were surfacing that the Butcher Bill (military jargon for "casualty list") that Bergdahl may be responsible for, adds even more casualties beyond the eight that The Daily Beast earlier reported.
The Daily Caller (TheDC) is citing on June 4, 2014 that an Army internal investigation concluded that the because of "priorities shifted" in the massive search for Bergdahl, eight soldiers were KIA and an additional 27 wounded in action (WIA) during the bloody Battle of Kamdesh, which occurred on Oct. 3, 2009 at Combat Outpost Keating the eastern Afghan province of Nuristan. With OP Keating manned by "about 60" troops, well over half were casualties when the dust finally settled after being assaulted by an estimated 300 Taliban. With most of the OP's soldiers killed or wounded, the Dogfaces killed at least 150 of the attackers with an unknown number wounded.
But due to the shifting of Army priorities "the search for Bowe Bergdahl left a U.S. military outpost vulnerable to a fierce attack, according to a U.S. Army investigation." As Daily Caller reporter Chuck Ross noted, "In an investigation of any failures during the battle, an Army report, obtained by TheDC, put at least some of the blame on the ongoing search for Bergdahl." Additionally, the investigation also found "during July [Combined Joint Task Force] priorities shifted, largely driven by the intensity of operations in support of [Afghan National Security Forces] in the Barg-e Matal area and the personnel recovery efforts to find missing PFC Bergdahl in RC East."
C. J. Chivers of The New York Times reported on July 25, 2010 of frantic messages sent out by OP Keating to higher headquarters during the battle: "Forty minutes into the fighting, he reported that the observation post was about to detonate its Claymore mines — a sign that the attackers were almost at its walls. 'They are that close to the wire,' the soldier typed. Eight minutes later he reported that the attackers were breaching Keating's last defensive ring. The post was at risk of falling, and having the fighting go hand-to-hand. "Enemy in the wire at keating,' he typed. 'ENEMUY IN THE WIRE ENEMY IN THE WIRE!!!' An entry soon after was a model of understatement: 'We need support.'
As the pieces of the Bergdahl disappearance and the effects it had on troop deployment theater-wide start to fall in place, Chivers penned a line that may end up haunting Barack Obama:
As the four-hour mark of the battle approached, a higher command noted that soldiers at the outpost reported that they 'have retaken another bldg, can’t push any further due to lack of manpower.'