By John T. Bennett - 11/29/11 12:32 AM EST
“It is [Central Command's] intent to include these government representatives to the maximum extent possible to determine what happened and preclude it from happening again,” according to a CentCom statement.
“The investigation team will focus their efforts on the facts of the incident and any matters that facilitate a better understanding of the circumstances surrounding the deaths and injuries of the Pakistan forces,” according to the statement.
Clark's review team must deliver an interim report to Mattis by Dec. 23.
Reaction from Capitol Hill was also mostly muted.
Senate Armed Services Committee Ranking Member John McCain (R-Ariz.), however, issued a statement saying while all Americans are “saddened” by the loss of life, Pakistan is far from a perfect ally.
“Most importantly, Pakistan’s intelligence agency continues to support the Haqqani Network and other terrorist groups that are killing U.S. and Afghan forces in Afghanistan,” McCain said, “and the vast majority of the material used to make improvised explosive devices originates from two fertilizer factories in Pakistan.”