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2006-06-30 11:33:38

By Alastair Macdonald BAGHDAD (Reuters) - U.S. soldiers may have raped an Iraqi woman and murdered her and three members of her family including a child, U.S. military officials said on Friday. Confirming the launch of another major investigation into the alleged killing and abuse of Iraqi civilians by U.S. troops, one officer said the incident in March just south of Baghdad had initially been blamed on insurgents active in the area. The probe is the latest in a series in recent...

2006-06-30 09:24:15

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military launched a criminal investigation into whether U.S. soldiers killed a family of four Iraqi civilians in their home south of Baghdad, officials said on Friday. A preliminary military inquiry into the incident found sufficient reason to move to a formal criminal investigation, the military said in a statement released in Baghdad. It is the latest in a series of investigations in which U.S. troops are suspected in the killings of civilians. Army...

2006-06-28 09:21:40

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The U.S. military, in the spotlight over murder charges against its troops accused of killing Iraqis, said it had killed a "non-combatant" during a raid in which an al Qaeda militant was detained on Wednesday. A statement said U.S.-led forces killed the civilian near the violence-racked city of Baquba, 65 km (40 miles) northeast of Baghdad, as troops were securing the house of the alleged militant. "While securing the initial target, Coalition forces noticed an...

2006-06-27 16:20:56

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military will not punish a Marine who performed an obscenity-laced song to a laughing and cheering crowd of fellow troops in Iraq making light of killing Iraqis, the Marine Corps said on Tuesday. The Marines two weeks ago launched a preliminary inquiry into whether Cpl. Joshua Belile, who returned home from Iraq in March, violated military law or rules in singing the song, a four-minute video of which was posted on the Internet. In the...

2006-06-27 12:40:49

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military will not punish a Marine who performed an obscenity-laced song to a laughing and cheering crowd of fellow troops in Iraq making light of killing Iraqis, the Marine Corps said on Tuesday. The Marines two weeks ago launched a preliminary inquiry into whether Cpl. Joshua Belile, who returned home from Iraq in March, violated military law or rules in singing the song, a four-minute video of which was posted on the Internet. In the...

2006-06-25 12:36:28

By Alastair Macdonald BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The U.S. military charged a soldier with voluntary manslaughter on Sunday for shooting an unarmed Iraqi man in February, the latest of several such cases to come to light in recent weeks. The military said in a statement that Specialist Nathan Lynn was also accused of obstructing justice, along with a second soldier, for conspiring with a third who prosecutors say placed an assault rifle by the body in an apparent cover-up attempt. The...

2006-06-25 10:57:43

By Alastair Macdonald BAGHDAD (Reuters) - U.S. troops have reduced the number of Iraqi civilians they kill after orders to improve checkpoint procedures following the shootings of some 350 Iraqis in such incidents last year, the military said on Sunday. Figures in a briefing document provided by a U.S. spokesman in Baghdad showed that seven Iraqi civilians a week on average were reported killed in "escalation of force" (EOF) incidents in 2005. That dropped to four a week in January...

2006-06-25 05:02:39

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Two U.S. soldiers have been charged in connection with the shooting death of an unarmed Iraqi civilian, the U.S. military said on Sunday, the latest case to come to light of alleged abuses by American troops. Specialist Nathan B. Lynn was charged with voluntary manslaughter for the shooting on February 15. He was also charged with obstructing justice, along with Sergeant Milton Ortiz Jr, the military said in a statement. The U.S. military is investigating three...

2006-06-23 11:16:27

By Kristin Roberts WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military charged 12 servicemen this week with murdering Iraqis, signaling to some a stepped-up Pentagon effort to investigate claims after an alleged cover-up of a civilian massacre at Haditha. Defense officials called the timing of the charges a coincidence. They said the U.S. military has always taken allegations of wrongdoing seriously and aggressively investigated those claims. No new directive or initiative has been put in...

2006-06-22 16:23:23

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The American Civil Liberties Union filed suit on Thursday demanding that the U.S. Defense Department publicly release its files on the investigation into the deaths of 24 civilians in Haditha, Iraq. The Freedom of Information Act request also seeks records relating to any killing of civilians by U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan since January 1, 2005, the ACLU said in a statement. U.S. Marines have been accused of killing 24 unarmed Iraqis in the city of...


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