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2006-06-11 12:07:07

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A sergeant who led a squad of U.S. Marines accused of killing 24 Iraqi civilians at Haditha told his lawyer the unit did not intentionally target civilians, followed rules of engagement and did not try to cover up the incident, The Washington Post reported on Sunday. The newspaper said Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich, 26, told his lawyer several civilians were killed in November when the squad went after insurgents firing on them from a house. But Wuterich said there...

2006-06-10 23:53:46

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A sergeant who led a squad of U.S. Marines accused of killing 24 Iraqi civilians at Haditha told his lawyer the unit did not intentionally target civilians, followed rules of engagement and did not try to cover up the incident, The Washington Post reported on Sunday. The newspaper said Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich, 26, told his lawyer several civilians were killed in the November incident, when the squad went after insurgents firing on them from a house. But...

2006-06-09 08:01:19

By Adam Tanner SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A Presbyterian minister who was an embedded reporter with his son's U.S. Marine company, which is accused of killing 24 Iraqi civilians in Haditha, said soldiers in private moments gave no indication anything horrible happened in the town. Rather, the young men in Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment talked about earlier intense fighting in Falluja and other wartime ordeals. "I would think that if it was as bad as everybody is...

2006-06-07 18:31:11

By Akiko Fujita TACOMA, Washington (Reuters) - A U.S. Army officer said on Wednesday that fighting in the war in Iraq would make him "party to war crimes" and he would not go. First Lt. Ehren Watada's supporters -- including clergy and a military family group -- said he is the first commissioned officer to publicly refuse to serve in Iraq and risked being court-martialed. The Pentagon said Watada was among a number of officers and enlisted personnel who have applied for...

2006-06-07 15:19:28

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the U.S. Marine Corps on Wednesday took responsibility for ensuring his troops are properly trained, but said he would not resign over a suspected massacre of Iraqi civilians in November. "I serve at the pleasure of the president. And I have not submitted any resignation," Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Michael Hagee told a Pentagon briefing. He praised the honor and values of the Marine Corps while refusing to answer specific...

2006-06-07 05:24:29

By Alastair Macdonald BAGHDAD (Reuters) - U.S. Marines, fighting in some of the most violent territory in Iraq, often battle their own frustrations as much as the enemy in a guerrilla war against an adversary who blends easily into the local population. Marines are suspected of killing two dozen men, women and children in the city of Haditha last November, and human rights groups have said it may qualify as a war crime. "These guys are under tremendous strain, more strain than I can...

2006-06-06 19:08:01

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The lawyer for a Navy corpsman held with seven Marines over the death of an Iraqi civilian criticized military detention tactics on Tuesday and what he called a "rush to justice" by U.S. politicians. Lawyer Jeremiah Sullivan told a news conference in San Diego he expected U.S. military prosecutors to file murder and kidnapping charges later this week against the eight men. They are being held in the brig at the Camp Pendleton Marine base near San Diego over...

2006-06-06 15:28:34

By Sue Pleming and Vicki Allen WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. senators demanded on Tuesday that the Bush administration swiftly establish what happened in Haditha where U.S. Marines are suspected of killing 24 unarmed Iraqis. They said only swift action could salvage the image of the military and U.S. international relations. The Senate Armed Services Committee plans hearings soon on last November's incident in the western Iraqi town and to determine whether the military tried to cover...

2006-06-06 11:08:31

By Sue Pleming WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A senior State Department official on Tuesday played down tough criticism by Iraq's prime minister over the Haditha incident, saying "I wouldn't make too much out of" the remarks. Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has strongly condemned the incident in the western Iraqi town of Haditha last November in which U.S. Marines are accused of killing two dozen Iraqi civilians. The incident is under investigation. The State Department's Iraq coordinator,...

2006-06-03 09:31:42

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Marine commanders in Iraq knew within two days of the killings in Haditha in November that gunfire, not a roadside bomb, had killed Iraqi civilians but they saw no reason to investigate further, The New York Times reported on Saturday. A senior Marine officer told the Times that commanders informed investigators they had not viewed the early discrepancies in accounts about how the two dozen Iraqis died as unusual, and that they had no information at the time...


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abrosia
  • Wasting away as a result of abstinence from food.
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