Afghanistan abuse probe eyes Fort Lewis brigade

  • Mon May 24th, 2010 10:25pm
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Associated Press

WASHINGTON — About 10 members of an Army unit based at Fort Lewis are under investigation for as many as three civilian deaths in Afghanistan, along with other potential wrongdoing, a senior military official said Monday.

The official did not have details of the investigation but confirmed that the 5th Stryker Brigade was under scrutiny.

The military said last week it was investigating allegations that a “small number” of U.S. soldiers were responsible for the unlawful deaths of as many as three Afghan civilians.

The statement said the allegations also included illegal drug use, assault and conspiracy. It said no charges had been filed.

The Army’s Criminal Investigation Command began the investigation after receiving credible information from the soldiers’ unit earlier this month.