Bad news for the Marine Special Operations Command. Army general kicks Marines out of Afghanistan By Gidget Fuentes - Staff writer Posted : Friday Mar 23, 2007 17:15:41 EDT The Corpsâ first Marine special operations company has been expelled from Afghanistan after a March 4 enemy ambush on the Marines left eight Afghans dead and another 34 wounded, a U.S. spokesman said Friday. The decision to remove the MSOC was made by Army Maj. Gen. Frank Kearney, head of U.S. Special Operations Command-Central Command, based on his assessment of the peopleâs perceptions of what happened, said Army Lt. Col. Louis Leto, a spokesman for SOCCent. âAfter the incident, which prompted an ongoing investigation, the general thought or felt it degrades the unitâs ability to conduct counter-insurgency,â Leto said. The MSOCâs deployment into Afghanistan is significant and historic, as it is the Corpsâ first spec-ops unit to deploy into combat since the creation of Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command in early 2006. The command is the Marine Corpsâ portion of the joint U.S. Special Operations Command. But SOCCent is investigating an incident on March 4 in which Afghan witnesses and several wounded civilians told Associated Press freelancers that U.S. forces had fired on civilians in Nangarhar province after a suicide attack on a Marine convoy. âThe investigation is still ongoing,â Leto said. âItâs very thorough.â The Marinesâ status wasnât readily available. âThe MSOC is in the process of redeploying out of Afghanistan,â Maj. Cliff Gilmore, a MarSOC spokesman, said Friday. The command isnât part of the investigation, but âMarSOC is being aware,â Gilmore said. âThe investigation at this point is a SOCCent issue.â But itâs given the command a slight pause. âWhat we are primarily looking at, basically, is reviewing our processes and proceduresÂ [and] see what we may be able to do to improve.â The company deployed with the Camp Lejeune, N.C.-based 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit in January.