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Marines differ on details of Afghanistan shooting

CAMP LEJEUNE (AP) -- An administrative inquiry into a shooting incident in Afghanistan last March continues today, with officials trying to sort out different accounts of what happened. Two Marines who rode in the same vehicle have told differing stories to a Marine Corps panel charged with investigating the shooting. Nathaniel Travers, a former staff sergeant in the Marine Special Operations Command company, said Afghans were killed needlessly. But Staff Sgt. Jose Queiro, who was riding in the gun turret of the same Humvee as Travers, said the Marines performed professionally when their convoy was attacked by a suicide car bomber. Travers says a lot of people died who didn't need to. Quiero says the Marines who fired and may have killed as many as 19 Afghan civilians should be commended for defending the unit. The inquiry is scheduled to last two weeks. It will recommend whether two officers in the unit should be charged with a crime. (Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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