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2006-06-16 04:18:09

By Michael Georgy BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A suicide bomber killed at least 10 people and wounded another 25 inside a Shi'ite mosque in Baghdad on Friday, police said, two days after security forces launched a crackdown against al Qaeda in the capital. The blast at the Buratha mosque in northern Baghdad took place as worshippers were gathering for Friday noon prayers. On April 7, three suicide bombers dressed as women attacked the same mosque, killing at least 71 people. There were no...

2006-06-16 03:04:46

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The U.S. military said on Friday it had started an investigation into the deaths last month of three men in the custody of U.S.-led forces in Iraq. Lieutenant General Peter Chiarelli, the number two U.S. commander in Iraq, ordered the investigation of the deaths which occurred on or around May 9 in Salahaddin province. "The request for an investigation is the result of soldiers' reported suspicions about the deaths," said the statement. The investigation is...

2006-06-15 12:29:49

By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Attorneys for the U.S. Marines accused of killing unarmed Iraqi civilians in Haditha will question the authenticity of a videotape at the heart of the case and the credibility of the group that provided it, sources close to the Marines say. The videotape, given to Time Magazine in January by the Hammurabi Human Rights Group, purports to show the aftermath of a massacre in Haditha and has prompted a U.S. military probe into the November 19...

2006-06-14 15:37:48

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Marine Corps is investigating whether a Marine did anything wrong by singing an obscenity laced song to a laughing and cheering crowd of fellow U.S. troops in Iraq making light of killing Iraqis. A four-minute video of the performance, posted on the Internet, showed Cpl. Joshua Belile, who returned home from Iraq in March, singing lyrics about encountering an Iraqi woman and her family. He sings, "I grabbed her little sister and put her...

2006-06-14 10:25:42

By Adam Tanner SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The wife of the U.S. marine at the center of a probe into an alleged massacre of Iraqi civilians is praising him on the Internet as a soldier and a man. Marisol Wuterich posted a series of notes about her husband Frank while anxiously awaiting his return home. He has since emerged as a key figure in the U.S. military investigation of the alleged killing of 24 Iraqis, including 11 women and children, in Haditha last November. "I married the...

2006-06-14 10:02:37

By Adam Tanner SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The wife of the U.S. marine at the center of a probe into an alleged massacre of Iraqi civilians is praising him on the Internet as a soldier and a man. Marisol Wuterich posted a series of notes about her husband Frank while anxiously awaiting his return home. He has since emerged as a key figure in the U.S. military investigation of the alleged killing of 24 Iraqis, including 11 women and children, in Haditha last November. "I married the...

2006-06-14 09:41:46

By Adam Tanner SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The wife of the U.S. marine at the center of a probe into an alleged massacre of Iraqi civilians is praising him on the Internet as a soldier and a man. Marisol Wuterich posted a series of notes about her husband Frank while anxiously awaiting his return home. He has since emerged as a key figure in the U.S. military investigation of the alleged killing of 24 Iraqis, including 11 women and children, in Haditha last November. "I married the...

2006-06-13 16:37:10

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Lt. Gen. James Conway, a former commander in Iraq who holds a senior post at the Pentagon, has been nominated to head the U.S. Marine Corps, the Defense Department said on Tuesday. President George W. Bush's nomination of Conway comes at a sensitive time for the Marines, with criminal investigations underway that could lead to murder charges in the deaths of Iraqi civilians in separate incidents in November and April. Conway, director of...

2006-06-13 15:40:37

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Marine Corps condemned on Tuesday as "clearly inappropriate" a music video purporting to show a Marine strumming a guitar and singing a song about killing Iraqis, to the laughter and cheers of other troops. "We're looking into it," Lt. Col. Scott Fazekas, a U.S. Marine Corps spokesman at the Pentagon, said of the four-minute video posted anonymously in March on a Web site, www.youtube.com, but recently removed. Asked if the video genuinely...

2006-06-13 15:25:59

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Marine Corps condemned on Tuesday as "clearly inappropriate" a music video purporting to show a Marine strumming a guitar and singing a song about killing Iraqis, to the laughter and cheers of other troops. "We're looking into it," Lt. Col. Scott Fazekas, a U.S. Marine Corps spokesman at the Pentagon, said of the four-minute video posted anonymously in March on a Web site, www.youtube.com, but recently removed. Asked if the video genuinely...