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Family of slain Marine want alleged shooter tried in U.S.

Dec. 17, 2013 - 06:00AM   |  
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MARINE CORPS FORCES RESERVE HQ, NEW ORLEANS — The family of a Marine killed in an insider attack in Afghanistan last year said agents from Naval Criminal Investigative Service visited their home this month to answer questions about the incident.

The father and aunt of Lance Cpl. Gregory Buckley blasted NCIS in the press earlier this year, saying they had yet to get information from the investigative agency or the Marine Corps about the circumstances surrounding the death of the Marine . Buckley, 21, was one of three Marines killed by a teenage Afghan “tea boy” Aug. 10, 2012, on Forward Operating Base Delhi, Afghanistan, when the boy grabbed a rifle and opened fire.

Greg Buckley Sr. and his sister Mary Liz Grossetto are now calling for the alleged shooter to be brought to the U.S. for a fair trial. Aynoddin, the boy accused of the shooting, is being held at Bagram Air Force Base in Afghanistan and is scheduled to be tried there in April 2014, Buckley and Grosseto said they were told by NCIS agents who paid them a four-hour visit in Long Island, N.Y., earlier this month to answer their questions and discuss the case.

A spokesman for NCIS, Ed Buice, did not respond to emailed questions about the visit.

Grosseto said the three agents who visited them answered a few questions about the circumstances of Buckly’s death, though they couldn’t share many details before the completion of the official investigation, which remains open.

“They laid out the scheme of things for my brother and I, they actually had maps: ‘this is where the gym was, this is where we believe your son was when he was shot,’” Grosseto said. “We thought he was shot twice; it turns out he was shot five times. They said he died instantly, and that was a great comfort.”

Grosseto and the elder Buckley said they got little insight, however, on questions regarding the lapses in security that allowed Aynoddin to roam the base where Buckly worked and that allowed the corrupt Afghan policeman who employed the boy to return to a position of power on the base, even after Marine officials had fired him elsewhere.

“It should never have went as far as it went,” Buckley said.

While Buckley and Grosseto say they have felt largely ignored by military officials until recently, their efforts to have Aynoddin tried on American soil may soon receive a new wave of public attention.

Former congressman and retired Army Lt. Col. Allen West wrote about Lance Cpl. Buckley on his popular conservative news website Nov. 29, saying the tragic incident underscored “abhorrent” rules of engagement in place for U.S. troops in Afghanistan. Allen also met with Buckley and Grosseto earlier this month in New York.

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