Third Week Of Testimony At Camp Lejeune

A special military panel investigating a shooting in Afghanistan that left as many as 19 civilians dead has begun its third week of testimony.

Military officials initially thought the Court of Inquiry would
take only two weeks. But after 22 witnesses, some with conflicting
testimony, officials said the proceeding could take another week.

The court is a rarely used administrative hearing being held at
Camp Lejeune to investigate the March 4 incident.

The Marines have said they were targeted by small arms fire
after a car bombing and the explosion triggered a well-planned
ambush on their convoy. But an Afghan human rights organization
said the Marines shot indiscriminately at pedestrians and
motorists.

The court will recommend whether charges be brought against a
platoon leader and company commander.


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