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Military Will Try 11 in Iraq Slayings
Cat : Axe of Evil
Date : 2006-10-19 22:50:26                      Reader : 285
confirmed by Bush approval on torture and abuse of suspects yesterday!!! They are Nazi crimes. Bush must be trialed with his new cons headed by Cheney and Rumsfeld . 19/10/2006

Military Will Try 11 in Iraq Slayings

By Kristin Roberts
U.S. service members will face military trials in three separate cases in the deaths of Iraqi civilians, including the gang rape and slaying of a teenage girl and the killing of her family in their home in Mahmudiyah, the military said yesterday.

An Army general ordered the courts-martial of four soldiers in the Mahmudiyah case and said two of the four could face death if found guilty. One of the accused will testify against the others, according to his Washington attorney, David Sheldon.

Army Maj. Gen. Thomas R. Turner II also ordered military trials for four soldiers accused of murdering three Iraqi detainees during a raid on a suspected insurgent camp near Tharthar Lake, southwest of Tikrit.

In the third case, three U.S. Marines will be tried on murder charges in the death of an Iraqi grandfather kidnapped from his house in Hamdaniyah in the middle of the night, the Marine Corps said.

Those cases, particularly the alleged Mahmudiyah gang rape, as well as the killing of 24 people in Haditha, have sparked outrage among Iraqis. The Mahmudiyah case led Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to call for a review of foreign troops' immunity from Iraqi prosecution.

The Haditha allegations are still being investigated, and no Marines have been charged.

"What today's events show is the United States military is committed to investigating any allegations of this nature thoroughly," said Lt. Col. Mark Ballesteros, a Pentagon spokesman.

"Clearly the allegations aren't representative . . . of the professional conduct of the vast majority of service members serving in Iraq," he said.



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