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2008-09-09 12:00:35

An agreement signed in summer 2008 by Jordan with Iraq to import oil at preferential prices has come into effect, according to PetrolWorld which has quoted a weekly report by the Al-Hilal Oil Company. The Nile Ziyabat Company has been selected to lead a consortium of companies that will transport oil from Iraq to Jordanian refineries for a $15 per barrel charge. Iraq and Jordan had earlier agreed to renew an oil agreement signed in 2006 for a three-year period. The agreement allows for...

2008-06-17 18:00:02

Charges filed against a U.S. Marine officer for failing to report the Haditha killings in Iraq were dismissed Tuesday on grounds of unlawful command influence. Lt. Col. Jeffrey Chessani was charged with dereliction of duty and violating orders for allegedly failing to investigate and report the so-called Haditha Massacre of Nov. 19, 2005, in which 24 Iraqis died in a house-to-house battle. The charges were dismissed by a military judge without prejudice, the Family Security Matters...

2006-08-30 18:36:29

By Adam Tanner CAMP PENDLETON, California (Reuters) - U.S. military prosecutors said on Wednesday they would not seek the death penalty for one of eight U.S. serviceman accused of murdering an Iraqi civilian in April. Prosecutor Lt. Col. John Baker spoke at a hearing seeking to establish whether there was enough evidence to warrant a trial against Pfc. John Jodka, 20, an infantryman who had been in Iraq just three months when the killing occurred. "It is our position that a capital...

2006-08-30 16:01:13

By Adam Tanner CAMP PENDLETON, California (Reuters) - Lawyers for two U.S. Marines accused of murdering an Iraqi civilian expressed concern on Wednesday over their clients' ability to get a fair trial and one criticized a pretrial hearing as a "rubber-stamping process." In two separate hearings at Camp Pendleton north of San Diego, California, military prosecutors sought to establish that they had enough evidence to warrant a trial against Cpl. Marshall Magincalda and Pfc. John...

2006-08-19 00:24:53

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Marine officer who commanded the battalion involved in the deaths of two dozen Iraqi civilians in Haditha in November did not consider the incident unusual and did not initiate an inquiry, The Washington Post reported on Saturday. "I thought it was very sad, very unfortunate, but at the time, I did not suspect any wrongdoing from my Marines," Lt. Col. Jeffrey R. Chessani, commander of the 3rd Battalion of the 1st Marines, said in a sworn statement...

2006-08-18 00:41:24

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Pentagon investigation into the deaths of two dozen Iraqi civilians in Haditha has found possible concealment or destruction of evidence by U.S. Marines involved in the case, The New York Times reported on Friday. Two Defense Department officials briefed on the investigation said the unit's logbook had been tampered with and an incriminating video taken by an aerial drone was not given to investigators until a top-ranking commander in Iraq intervened, the...

2006-08-16 18:15:40

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The military has charged a U.S. Marine Corps officer with assaulting three Iraqi civilians in April, accusing him of beating and choking them and placing a pistol in one victim's mouth, the Marines said on Wednesday. The officer, 2nd Lt. Nathan Phan, was charged with three counts of assault and one count of making a false official statement relating to the incident on April 10, near Hamdania, a town west of Baghdad. Phan, 26, was the platoon...

2006-08-15 13:14:09

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. lawmaker apologized on Tuesday to U.S. Marines under investigation in the deaths of two dozen Iraqi civilians in Haditha in a statement his office said spared him from a libel lawsuit. Minnesota Republican Rep. John Kline, a retired Marine Corps colonel, issued a three-paragraph statement under a deal with lawyers for Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich, one of the Marines under investigation. Wuterich's lawyers filed a libel lawsuit against...

2006-08-04 17:58:03

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Marine suspected in the killing of 24 civilians in Haditha, Iraq, threatened to sue a second congressman on Friday for comments the Republican made about the case, according to a letter obtained by Reuters. A lawyer for Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich, who filed suit against a prominent Democratic lawmaker and war critic, Rep. John Murtha of Pennsylvania, told Republican Rep. John Kline of Minnesota he too would be sued for libel if he did not apologize....

2006-08-04 16:52:18

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Marine suspected in the killing of 24 civilians in Haditha, Iraq, threatened to sue a second congressman on Friday for comments the Republican made about the case, according to a letter obtained by Reuters. A lawyer for Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich, who already filed suit against a prominent Democratic lawmaker and war critic, Rep. John Murtha of Pennsylvania, told Rep. John Kline of Minnesota he too would be sued for libel if he did not apologize. The...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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