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Exclusive: The Army won’t charge troops caught on video shooting at an Afghan truck

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American troops who were caught on video shooting at a moving convoy in Afghanistan will not face criminal charges, the U.S. Army Criminal Command told VICE News Friday.

U.S. Army Chief of Public Affairs Christopher Grey told VICE News that the investigation, which was launched in January after a video of the incident surfaced on YouTube, found American troops had acted “in accordance with the rules of engagement.”

In the video, an American service member appears to fire his weapon at the driver of what looked like a civilian truck as a U.S. military convoy sped by. The projectile punched through the driver’s side window of the truck at head level. It was unclear from the video if the driver was struck by the projectile or whether he was armed.

Read: Video appears to show U.S. military drive-by shooting in Afghanistan

Grey said the projectile was not a bullet but a non-lethal bean bag round, the kind typically used to pacify large grounds or individuals without killing them. “The U.S. troops acted in accordance with the rules of engagement,” he said. ”An Afghan driver ignored several warnings not to encroach on the U.S. convoy, so a non-lethal beanbag projectile was fired at the driver.”

American troops who were caught on video shooting at a moving convoy in Afghanistan will not face criminal charges, the U.S. Army Criminal Command told VICE News Friday.

U.S. Army Chief of Public Affairs Christopher Grey told VICE News that the investigation, which was launched in January after a video of the incident surfaced on YouTube, found American troops had acted “in accordance with the rules of engagement.”

In the video, an American service member appears to fire his weapon at the driver of what looked like a civilian truck as a U.S. military convoy sped by. The projectile punched through the driver’s side window of the truck at head level. It was unclear from the video if the driver was struck by the projectile or whether he was armed.

Read: Video appears to show U.S. military drive-by shooting in Afghanistan

Grey said the projectile was not a bullet but a non-lethal bean bag round, the kind typically used to pacify large grounds or individuals without killing them. “The U.S. troops acted in accordance with the rules of engagement,” he said. ”An Afghan driver ignored several warnings not to encroach on the U.S. convoy,

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