U.S. troops accused of killing Iraq family




 
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June 30th, 2006  
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Topic: U.S. troops accused of killing Iraq family


U.S. troops accused of killing Iraq family By RYAN LENZ, Associated Press Writer



Five U.S. soldiers are being investigated for allegedly raping a young woman, then killing her and three relatives, an American military official said Friday, describing the latest allegations of abuse of Iraqi civilians.
The soldiers also allegedly burned the body of the woman they are accused of assaulting in the March incident, the official told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the case.

The U.S. command issued a sparse statement, saying 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. The statement had no other details.
The case represents the latest allegations against U.S. soldiers stemming from the deaths of Iraqis. At least 14 U.S. troops have been convicted.
The United States also is investigating allegations that two dozen unarmed Iraqi civilians were killed by U.S. Marines in the western town of Haditha on Nov. 19 in a revenge attack after one of their own died in a roadside bombing.

"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 Mahmoudiyah allegations.

"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 of misconduct.

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. official said.

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.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060630/...s_investigated
July 2nd, 2006  
LeEnfield
 
 
I would take all this with a pinch of salt, there have been a number of trials in the UK where British Troops have been accused all sorts of things in Iraq, from murder to torture. During the trails under cross examination these claims have been found to be total unfounded, and in some cases have been driven by the thoughts of compensation payments. So I think before any starts saying just how terrible the troops are, they should wait and see what happens.
July 2nd, 2006  
Missileer
 
 
During the Vietnam era, there were people and organizations in the US and abroad that, for some perverted reasoning, would dig for and even fabricate horror stories of atrocities. Not that there weren't bad people who were soldiers, there were, and these people attempted to characterize all soldiers of all countries serving in Vietnam as the same.

Suddenly, the allies were paying for water buffaloes that died of overwork and old age to settle claims that they were killed by soldiers. Just another way of making money with claims of atrocities.
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July 2nd, 2006  
major liability
 
 
Wait, the slain soldiers stirred up guilt? In the Americans? How does that work? That would motivate me to kill Iraqi civilians, not make me feel guilty about it.
 


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