AP IMPACT: An insider attack: Trust cost 2 lives


WASHINGTON (AP) — An Associated Press breakdown of a deadly attack on a U.S. command post by Afghan soldiers shows how vulnerable American troops can be to so-called insider attacks.

Using previously secret Army records, the AP reconstructed an insider attack that killed Capts. Joshua Lawrence and Drew Russell on Oct. 8, 2011, in Kandahar city.

The records were obtained using the Freedom of Information Act.

Army investigators found that security at the compound was so relaxed that no Afghans entering it were checked. Thus the killers were able to move about without arousing suspicion.

The only American who witnessed the full attack told the AP that he saw one Afghan soldier fire a rocket-propelled grenade and another fire an M16 rifle that killed Russell and Lawrence.

The killers are still at large.

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