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Two Marine generals told to retire over breach of base in Afghanistan

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WASHINGTON — Two high-ranking Marine generals were in effect fired Monday as punishment for a brazen attack last year in which Taliban fighters breached an air base in southern Afghanistan, killing two Marines and destroying or damaging more than a dozen aircraft.

The commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. James F. Amos, said Monday that he had asked Maj. Gen. C. Mark Gurganus and Maj. Gen. Gregg A. Sturdevant to retire for failing to “take adequate force protection measures” and not exercising the “level of judgment expected of general officers.”

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