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Taliban forge I Corps commander’s signature to undermine Kabul meeting

Post by Adam Ashton / The News Tribune on Nov. 14, 2011 at 10:10 am with No Comments »
November 14, 2011 10:10 am

The Taliban reportedly forged the signature of Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s top general in a 28-page document the insurgents released Sunday to undermine an upcoming governance meeting.

Lt. Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti deployed to Afghanistan in July with about 500 soldiers from Lewis-McChord’s I Corps. He’s the war’s No. 2 commander, running daily combat operations while managing the drawdown of U.S. forces.

The Taliban emailed the security plan to a number of western media outlets to demonstrate that it had influential allies inside the Afghan government, according to a report from McClatchy’s Habib Zohori.

NATO rejected the Taliban report as a fake, and The Wall Street Journal reported that Scaparrotti’s signature did not look like one on official Army documents.

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