Pentagon IG Asked To Examine Allegations MRAP Delays Led To Casualties

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Pentagon (AP) The marine corps has asked the pentagon's inspector general to examine a nearly two-year delay in sending blast resistant vehicles to Iraq. A critic charges the delay resulted in hundreds of casualties.

A spokesman for the corps, Colonel David Lapan, says the seriousness of the allegations about the delays prompted the request for an I-G investigation.

In an internal report released last month, Franz Gayl, a civilian marine corps official, says cost was a driving factor in the decision to turn down a 2005 ``urgent'' request from battlefield commanders for the so-called MRAPS.

The report says funding the vehicles, which cost as much as one million-dollars each posed a threat to other vehicle programs still in development.