Defense probe says allegations unsubstantiated

MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (AP) -- The Defense Department inspector general determined Lt. Gen. Frank Kearney acted properly in bringing murder charges against two Fort Bragg Special Forces soldiers.

The report was completed in July, but the U.S. Special Operations Command announced the findings Tuesday in a statement. Capt. Dave Staffel and Master Sgt. Troy Anderson were accused of murder of a known enemy fighter near the Pakistan border. Maj. Gen. Thomas R. Csrnko dismissed the charges in Sept. 2007. Csrnko was then-commander of U.S. Army Special Forces Command.

Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C., asked for the investigation after Kearney ordered a Marine special operations company out of Afghanistan after members of the unit were involved in an ambush on the Jalalabad road in eastern Afghanistan.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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