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October 30, 2005
Release Number: 05-10-108


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


CHARGES FILED AGAINST TWO U.S. SOLDIERS FOR ALLEGED ASSAULT

KABUL , Afghanistan -- Charges have been filed against two U.S. Soldiers under military law for alleged assault against two individuals who were bbeing temporarily detained at a forward operating base detention site located in the Oruzgan Province in southern Afghanistan .

The two Soldiers are accused of striking the detainees who were in their custody. The Soldiers allegedly punched the detainees on the chest, shoulders and stomach. The nature of the assault did not require medical attention for either of the detainees.

“The command remains committed to investigate all allegations of misconduct and will hold individuals responsible for their actions consistent with US military law," said Brig. Gen. Jack Sterling, Deputy Commanding General Combined Joint Task Force-76 (support).

The charges include conspiracy to maltreat, assault, and dereliction of duty. The allegations, if substantiated, could lead to disciplinary action.

For more information contact COMBINED FORCES COMMAND – AFGHANISTAN COALITION PRESS INFORMATION CENTER at kabul-Presscenter@cfc-a.centcom.mil or by phone at 070-276-545.


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