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2006-08-04 10:18:07

TIKRIT, Iraq (Reuters) - U.S. soldiers stepped outside the law when they murdered three Iraqi detainees "in cold blood," a prosecutor told a U.S. military hearing on Friday. "U.S. soldiers must follow the laws of war. That's what makes us better than the terrorists, what sets us apart from the thugs and the hitmen," said Captain Joseph Mackey, closing arguments for the prosecution of the four U.S. servicemen. "These soldiers did just the opposite. They cut them loose and murdered...

2006-08-04 06:22:15

By Marty Graham CAMP PENDLETON, California (Reuters) - Six U.S. Marines were charged with assault late on Thursday in connection with suspected assaults on several Iraqi civilians in Hamdania, days before the alleged kidnapping and murder of an Iraqi civilian there. Three of the Marines charged with assault Thursday, Sgt. Lawrence Hutchins III, Cpl. Trent Thomas and Lance Cpl. Jerry Shumate Jr., have already been charged with murder, kidnapping and conspiracy in the April 26 killing...

2006-08-03 22:33:36

By Marty Graham CAMP PENDLETON, California (Reuters) - Six U.S. Marines were charged with assault late on Thursday in connection with suspected assaults on several Iraqi civilians in Hamdania, days before the alleged kidnapping and murder of an Iraqi civilian there. Three of the Marines charged with assault Thursday, Sgt. Lawrence Hutchins III, Cpl. Trent Thomas and Lance Cpl. Jerry Shumate Jr., have already been charged with murder, kidnapping and conspiracy in the April 26 killing...

2006-08-03 18:58:40

By Kristin Roberts WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the U.S. Marine Corps briefed Rep. John Murtha on the Haditha case after the vocal war critic publicly said Marines had killed innocent civilians in that Iraqi city, the Corps said on Thursday. A group of Marines, while suspected in the killing of 24 Iraqi civilians, has not been charged, and official results from the military's investigation remain outstanding. A U.S. defense official said on Wednesday, however that evidence...

2006-08-03 09:38:34

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Marine Corps officials are reviewing findings of investigations into the killing of 24 Iraqi civilians in Haditha, and those results should be delivered to Congress in September, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee said on Thursday. Without mentioning the word Haditha, Republican Sen. John Warner of Virginia said results of two separate but related probes into the suspected involvement of Marines in those killings were now under review by...

2006-08-03 07:37:49

TIKRIT, Iraq (Reuters) - Four U.S. soldiers accused of murdering three detainees in Iraq invoked their right not to testify at a military hearing on Thursday that was also told how the victims were shot down as they tried to run away. The hearing into the deaths on May 9 during a raid on a suspected insurgent camp on an island in the marshy fringe of Thar Thar Lake, southwest of Tikrit, will determine whether the four soldiers should be court-martialled for the killings. The soldiers...

2006-08-02 14:34:14

By Kristin Roberts WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Marine suspected in the killing of 24 civilians in Haditha, Iraq, sued a congressman for libel on Wednesday after the lawmaker, a prominent war critic, publicly accused servicemen of murder. A group of Marines, while suspected, have not been charged, and official results from the military's investigation remain outstanding. A U.S. defense official said on Wednesday, however that evidence indicates Marines deliberately shot to death...

2006-08-02 07:57:57

By Kristin Roberts WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Marine suspected in the killing of 24 civilians in Haditha, Iraq, will sue Rep. John Murtha for libel after the war critic made public comments about the case and accused the serviceman of murder, attorneys said on Wednesday. Lawyers representing Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich, 26, said Murtha, a Pennsylvania Democrat, made false, misleading and defamatory statements. The case, to be filed in U.S. District Court for the District of...

2006-08-02 05:18:11

TIKRIT, Iraq (Reuters) - U.S. soldiers charged with murdering three detainees in Iraq smiled before carrying out the shootings and threatened to kill another soldier if he informed on them, a military court heard on Wednesday. Prosecution witness Private First Class Bradley Mason said one of those charged, Staff Sergeant Raymond Girouard, told him if he were arrested he would try to get out of it on medical grounds because he had Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. "They just smiled,"...

2006-08-01 14:04:17

Corrects location of hearing from Baghdad to Tikrit BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A military court opened a preliminary hearing in Iraq on Tuesday to determine whether four U.S. soldiers charged over the deaths of three male prisoners will face court martials. They have already been charged with murder, attempted murder, conspiracy, communicating a threat, and obstructing justice in the killings on or about May 9 north of Baghdad. The Article 32 hearing, at Contingency Operating Base Speicher...


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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