[eDebate] korcok: GIs planned rape and murder of iraqi family
Sun Jul 2 11:48:08 CDT 2006
please, no more nazi, arithematic, numerical, calculative excuses for the
out of control storm troopers. there are way more incidents of brutality
against innocent civilians than are reported in the media. the only ones
we hear about are the ones that squeak through the cracks of military cover
ups. this is indefensible and must stop now. i do not trust the military
or the bush administration to stop it on there own because it is out of
GIs May Have Planned Iraq Rape, Slayings
By Ryan Lenz
The Associated Press
Saturday 01 July 2006
Beiji, Iraq - Investigators believe American soldiers spent nearly a
week plotting an attack in which they raped an Iraqi woman, then killed her
and her family in an insurgent-ridden area south of Baghdad, a US military
official said Saturday.
The official, speaking on condition of anonymity because the
investigation is ongoing, said the attack appeared "totally premeditated"
and that the soldiers apparently "studied" the family for about a week
before carrying out the attack.
According to the official, the Sunni Arab family had just moved into a
new home in the religiously mixed area about 20 miles south of Baghdad. The
Americans entered the home, separated three family members from the woman,
then raped her and set fire to her body, the official said. The three others
were also slain. A senior Army official who also requested anonymity because
the investigation is ongoing said one of the victims was a child.
US officials said they knew of the deaths but thought the victims died
due to sectarian violence. A local police official, Capt. Ihsan
Abdul-Rahman, said Iraqi officials received a report March 13 alleging that
American soldiers had killed the family in the Khasir Abyad district about 6
miles north of Mahmoudiya.
He said he did not relay that report to American forces.
The satellite channel Al-Jazeera gave wide coverage to the alleged
rape-slaying, which threatens to stoke public anger in the wake of a series
of other cases of US troops allegedly killing and abusing Iraqi civilians.
An Iraqi human rights activist in Amman, Jordan, pointed to other abuse
allegations, in the western Iraqi town of Haditha, and called for
"What happened in Mahmoudiya and Haditha are extreme violations of human
rights. We call on the international community to intervene immediately,"
Mohammed al-Shekhli, head of the head of the Transitional Justice Studies
Center, said in an interview with the pan-Arab satellite station.
However, Iraqi media has so far paid little attention to the
allegations. There was no comment from the government, which has been
focused on restoring security since it took office in May.
One of the officials familiar with details of the investigation told The
Associated Press that a flammable liquid was used to burn the woman's body
in a cover-up attempt. It was unclear if it was gasoline or lighter fluid.
If convicted of premeditated murder, the soldiers could receive a death
sentence under US military law.
The US official said at least four soldiers were being investigated. Two
other US officials said Friday that five were under investigation but one
already had been discharged for unspecified charges unrelated to the
killings and was believed to be in the United States.
The US command has said only that Maj. Gen. James D. Thurman, commander
of US forces in the Baghdad area, had ordered a criminal investigation into
the alleged slaying of a family of four.
Those troops under investigation are from the same platoon as two
soldiers kidnapped and killed south of Baghdad this month, another official
said Friday. Their mutilated bodies were found June 19, three days after
they were abducted by insurgents near Youssifiyah, southwest of Baghdad.
The military has said one and possibly both of the slain soldiers were
tortured and beheaded. The official said the mutilation of the slain
soldiers stirred feelings of guilt and led at least one member of the
platoon to reveal the rape-slaying on June 22.
The senior Army official said the alleged incident was first revealed by
a soldier during a routine counseling-type session. The Army official said
that soldier did not witness the incident but heard about it.
A second soldier, who also was not involved, said he overhead soldiers
conspiring to commit the crimes and then later saw bloodstains on their
clothes, the Army official said.
Iraq is a conservative, strongly religious society where many women are
sheltered from contacts with males who are not family members.
The case is among the most serious against US soldiers allegedly
involved in the deaths of Iraqi civilians. At least 14 US troops have been
Last week, seven Marines and one Navy medic were charged with
premeditated murder in the shooting death of an Iraqi man near Fallujah west
In Haditha, US officials are investigating allegations that US Marines
killed two dozen unarmed Iraqi civilians Nov. 19 in a revenge attack after a
fellow Marine died in a roadside bombing.
Other cases involve the deaths of three male detainees in Salahuddin
province in May, the shooting death of unarmed Iraqi man near Ramadi in
February, and the death of an Iraqi soldier after an interrogation in 2003
at a detention camp in Qaim.
Associated Press correspondent Ryan Lenz is embedded with the 101st
Airborne Division in Beiji, Iraq. He was previously embedded with the 502nd
Infantry Regiment in Mahmoudiya. AP writers Lolita C. Baldor in Washington
and Bassem Mroue in Baghdad contributed to this report.
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