[eDebate] FWD: US Troops accused of killing Iraqi family
Sun Jul 2 19:11:10 CDT 2006
Is this the liberation you speak of Korcok. Are these still too general claims for you Hoe. Again my point here is that these are only incidents that are reported, not the only incidents that take place.
all power to the people
U.S. troops accused of killing Iraq family
By RYAN LENZ, Associated Press Writer 3 minutes ago
BEIJI, Iraq - The U.S. Army will investigate charges that five American
soldiers were involved in the killings of four Iraqi relatives, including a
woman who had been raped, military officials said Friday. It's the sixth
current inquiry into the alleged slayings of Iraqi civilians by American
Some of the five soldiers also allegedly burned the body of the woman
they are accused of assaulting in the March incident, a U.S. military
official told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of the
sensitivity of the case.
The U.S. command issued a statement saying only that Maj. Gen. James D.
Thurman, commander of coalition troops in Baghdad, had ordered a criminal
investigation into the alleged killing of a family of four in Mahmoudiyah,
south of Baghdad.
At least 14 American troops have been convicted in other cases.
The United States also is investigating allegations that two dozen
unarmed Iraqi civilians were killed by Marines in the western town of
Haditha on Nov. 19 in a revenge attack after one of their own died in a
"The entire investigation will encompass everything that could have
happened that evening. We're not releasing any specifics of an ongoing
investigation," military spokesman Maj. Todd Breasseale said of the
"There is no indication what led soldiers to this home. The investigation
just cracked open. We're just beginning to dig into the details."
Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said he had no additional details on the
incident but added that the military routinely investigates all allegations
However, a U.S. official close to the investigation said at least one of
the soldiers, all assigned to the 502nd Infantry Regiment, has admitted his
role and been arrested. Two soldiers from the same regiment were slain this
month when they were kidnapped at a checkpoint near Youssifiyah.
The official told the AP the accused soldiers were from the same platoon
as the two slain soldiers. 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 of them to reveal the rape-slaying on June 22.
According to a senior Army official, the alleged incident was first
revealed by a soldier during a routine counseling-type session. The
official, who requested anonymity because the investigation is ongoing,
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 official said.
He also said the four people killed included three adults and a child,
and one of the adults was the woman who allegedly was raped.
One of the accused soldiers already has been discharged and is believed
to be in the United States, several U.S. officials said on condition of
anonymity because the investigation is ongoing. The others have had their
weapons taken away and are confined to Forward Operating Base Mahmoudiyah.
Senior officers were aware of the family's death but believed it was due
to sectarian violence, common in the religiously mixed town, a U.S.
The killings appeared to have been a "crime of opportunity," the official
said. The soldiers had not been attacked by insurgents but had noticed the
woman on previous patrols.
___ AP correspondent Ryan Lenz is embedded with the 101st Airborne
Division in Beiji, Iraq. He was previously embedded with the 502nd Infantry
Regiment in Mahmoudiyah. __ The Associated Press News and Information
Research Center and Lolita C. Baldor in Washington contributed to this report.
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