The Marine Corps says an official court of inquiry will look into an incident in which members of a Marine special operations company are accused of killing Afghan civilians.
No date is set for the inquiry at Camp Lejeune, which will review evidence for the Marine general in charge of the unit. The general will then decide whether criminal charges are warranted.
Afghanistan's Independent Human Rights Commission says 12 people were killed and 35 were wounded in the March incident. The shooting occurred along a 10-mile section of road after a minivan with explosives rammed a military convoy in Nangahar province.
Several members of the Marine unit were later ordered out of Afghanistan.