WASHINGTON (AP) - About 10 members of an Army unit based at Fort Lewis, Wash., areunder investigation for as many as three civilian deaths inAfghanistan, along with other potential wrongdoing, a seniormilitary official said Monday.
The official did not have details of the investigation butconfirmed that the 5th Stryker Brigade was under scrutiny.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was notauthorized to discuss details of an investigation being conductedin Afghanistan. CNN first reported Monday that at least 10 membersof the Stryker unit were being investigated.
The Stryker brigade, operating in Kandahar province in southernAfghanistan, has suffered heavy casualties in the fight againstTaliban insurgents. It has received congratulatory visits in recentmonths from Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen andDefense Secretary Robert Gates.
The military said last week it was investigating allegationsthat a "small number" of U.S. soldiers were responsible for theunlawful deaths of as many as three Afghan civilians.
The statement said the allegations also included illegal druguse, assault and conspiracy. It said no charges had been filed butone soldier has been placed in pretrial confinement.
The Army's Criminal Investigation Command began theinvestigation after receiving credible information from thesoldiers' unit earlier this month.
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