Amid Anti-American Protests, Report Details American Failures In Afghanistan07:50
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An Afghan supporter of left wing political party holds his son as he shouts anti US slogans during a protest in Kabul, Afghanistan. Poster reads in Arabic "Gift of America." (AP)
An Afghan supporter of left wing political party holds his son as he shouts anti US slogans during a protest in Kabul, Afghanistan. Poster reads in Arabic "Gift of America." (AP)


In Afghanistan today, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said that the American military should remain involved there after the planned 2014 end of combat operations.

That's not likely to sit well with the hundreds who protested in Kabul yesterday, following the death of nine young Afghan boys in a NATO air strike last week. That incident certainly won't help win hearts and minds in Afghanistan, but a new report from the Center for Public Integrity says that effort may have been doomed from the start.

The report says the military reservists called up for civil affairs work in Afghanistan and Iraq, were poorly trained and ill-equipped, and the military cooked the books to make it look like there were more civil affairs soldiers than there really were. Report co-author Mark Benjamin tells us more about what his investigation found.

This segment aired on March 7, 2011.

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