Thursday, October 19, 2006


Charges against U.S. Troops, twice

Using Reuters as the source:

Three more U.S. Marines to face trial in Iraq murder
Another three U.S. Marines will be tried on murder charges in the death of an Iraqi grandfather kidnapped from his house in Hamdania in the middle of the night, the U.S. Marine Corps said on Wednesday.

Lt. Gen. James Mattis, the top Marine general in the Middle East, said Lance Corporal Tyler Jackson, Lance Corporal Robert Pennington and Corporal Trent Thomas would face murder, kidnapping and other charges stemming from the April 2006 death of Hashim Ibrahim Awad.

U.S. military trials ordered in Iraq murder cases
U.S. service members will face military trials in three separate cases for the murders of Iraqi civilians, including the gang rape and murder of a teenage girl and the killing of her family in their home in Mahmudiya, the military said on Wednesday.

An Army general ordered the court-martial of four soldiers in the Mahmudiya case and said two of the four could face death if found guilty. One of the accused will testify against the others, according to his Washington attorney, David Sheldon.

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