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.