Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Iraq: Rape, Murder & cover-up

"AN Iraqi army doctor told today of his horror at coming upon a dead teenager "naked with her legs spread" after the alleged murder of her family by a group of US soldiers.

Testifying on the first day of a US military hearing to decide whether there is enough evidence to court martial four of the soldiers, the doctor described how he was called to the 14-year-old's home in Mahmudiyah, south of Baghdad.

It has been alleged that on March 12 five US soldiers left their post and headed to the nearby home of a Iraqi.

The young girl was allegedly raped and killed, along with her family, and the house set on fire.

The doctor said the girl's upper torso and her head were burned and she had a single bullet under her left eye.

Her five-year-old sister was found in an adjacent room, where a bullet had blown the back of her head out.

The girls' father and mother had also been shot dead.

The mother was riddled with bullets in her chest and abdomen. The doctor told the prosecutors that he was ill for weeks after witnessing the crime scene.

Reporters were barred from the hearing during the testimony, and the medic's name was not released, but a recording of his testimony was made available.

Two other Iraqis also testified but the media was not allowed to listen.

The "Article 32" hearing began overnight behind closed doors, to allow Iraqi witnesses to testify without the risk of being identified in their community, where there is strong anti-American sentiment.

Military lawyers ordered that the identity of the witnesses be protected, for fear that they could face threats from insurgents for collaborating with the US troops, despite their testimony against the accused servicemen.

Sergeant Paul Cortez, Specialist James Barker, Private Jesse Spielman and Private Bryan Howard could face the death penalty if found guilty of taking part in the attack.

A fifth suspect, Steven Green was discharged from the army because of a "personality disorder" and will be tried separately in the United States in a civilian federal court."

G.I.'s Investigated in Slayings of 4 and Rape in Iraq


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9:13 pm  
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Anonymous Ben said...

This was a horrible incident that happens in all wars. This evil doesn't change the right decision to remove Saddam who did more evil than this incident. I agree the war should be handled differently but war is inevitable when the dictator of a country is a terrorist.

8:21 pm  
Anonymous Matthew Miller said...

Ben is an idiot. Saddam was able to take power in a coup because the CIA supplied him with lists of people to kill (ie Socialist, Humanist, Communist, any left of center opposition.) He was supplied with arms and money (including those used to help committ the attempted genocide in Kurdhistan) by the US. There were no al-quada terrorist in Saddam controlled Iraq. The real terrorist are the regimes we support in the middle east, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Kuwait, Quatar, and of course Israhell.

4:16 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"It has been alleged that on March 12 five US soldiers left their post and headed to the nearby home of a Iraqi."
It has been alleged? That's all you have? Alleged? WIMP!

5:05 am  
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Anonymous mahdi said...

i'm sure ur intentions are not to but the use of lego removes the human element to the suffering of this girl.

anonymous that came, I'm sure ud have the same respose if it where ur sister or mother with her legs open burnt and shot in the head

Think before you type

9:51 pm  
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