Snowe calls for probe into Maine soldier’s Afghan death

Posted Feb. 07, 2011, at 8:26 a.m.
Last modified Feb. 08, 2011, at 12:56 p.m.
Pvt. Buddy W. McLain of Mexico, Maine.
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Pvt. Buddy W. McLain of Mexico, Maine.
An Air Force carry team carries a transfer case containing the remains of Army Pvt. Buddy W. McLain Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010 at Dover Air Force Base, Del. According to the Department of Defense, McClain, of Mexico, Maine, died while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. (AP Photo/Steve Ruark)
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An Air Force carry team carries a transfer case containing the remains of Army Pvt. Buddy W. McLain Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010 at Dover Air Force Base, Del. According to the Department of Defense, McClain, of Mexico, Maine, died while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. (AP Photo/Steve Ruark)

PERU, Maine — U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe says she’s gaining support in her call for a federal review of security forces in Afghanistan after a soldier from Maine and five others soldiers were killed by an Afghan recruit during training exercises.

Buddy McLain, 24, of Peru and the other soldiers from the Army’s 101st Airborne Division were killed in the Nov. 29 incident.

Snowe, a Republican, says she wants to ensure that Afghan security forces are not a threat to U.S. personnel.

Snowe says here effort is backed by Army officials and her Democratic colleague, Sen. Carl Levin of Michigan.

Snowe tells the Sun Journal newspaper answers are needed for the safety of troops and for the long-term prospects for peace and stability.

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