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Elite Army troops face charges

The Army's supersecret Delta Force had a vital mission last October: fly to the Mediterranean and prepare to rescue the hostages aboard the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro. But there was an unusual last-minute hitch. An undisclosed number of the elite counterterrorist troops were under investigation for in effect cheating on their expense accounts, and had to get a special dispensation from the Pentagon to leave their home base at Fort Bragg, N.C.

That awkward incident was only one result of a review of some $150 million in expenditures by the Army's Special Operations Forces and its Delta Force on covert...

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