Army General Kicks Marines Out of Afghanistan
The first special operations company of the marine Corps was forced out of Afghanistan after an enemy ambush on Marines on March 4 that left eight Afghans dead and 34 others injured, a us official said on Friday.
The decision to remove ISIC was made by army Major General Frank Kearney, head of the US special operations command-Central command, based on his assessment of people’s perception of what happened, said army Lt. Col. Louis Leto, a SOCCent spokesman.
”After the incident, which sparked an ongoing investigation, the General thought or felt that it was undermining the unit’s ability to fight the insurgents, ” Leto said.
The deployment of ISIC to Afghanistan is an important and historic event, as it is the first special corps unit deployed in combat since the creation of the Marine Corps special operations Command in early 2006. This command is part of the United States Marine Corps joint special operations Command.
But SOCCent is investigating a March 4 incident in which Afghan witnesses and several injured civilians told associated Press freelancers that U.S. troops fired on civilians in Nangarhar province after a suicide attack on a marine convoy.
“The investigation is still ongoing,” Leto said. “It’s all very carefully thought out.”
The status of Marines was not easily accessible.
“ISOC is in the process of relocating from Afghanistan,” major cliff Gilmore, a MARSOC spokesman, said on Friday.
The command is not involved in the investigation, but “Marsok is aware,” Gilmore said. “The investigation at this stage is a very important issue.”
But it gave the team a little pause.
“What we are primarily looking at is basically a review of our processes and procedures… [and] we’ll see what we can do to improve.”
In January, the company deployed with the 26th marine expeditionary unit to camp Lejeune, new York.