Posted in H.L. News, Main Blog (All Posts) on August 2nd, 2006 10:19 am by HL
WASHINGTON – Evidence collected on the deaths of 24 Iraqis in Haditha supports accusations that U.S. Marines deliberately shot the civilians, including unarmed women and children, a Pentagon official said Wednesday.
Agents of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service have completed their initial work on the incident last November…The case is one of several involving alleged unjustified killings of Iraqi civilians that have emerged this year, damaging the military’s reputation for humane treatment of civilians and triggering calls by some Iraqi leaders to end the arrangement under which U.S. troops are immune from prosecution by Iraqi authorities.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. Marine suspected in the killing of 24 civilians in Haditha, Iraq, will sue Rep. John Murtha for libel after the war critic made public comments about the case and accused the serviceman of murder, attorneys said on Wednesday….U.S. Marines, including Wuterich, have been accused of killing unarmed Iraqis in Haditha last year. An investigation by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service into the role of the Marines in the killings could lead to murder charges.
The Haditha case is just one of many in which U.S. servicemen are suspected of killing Iraqi civilians.
Murtha, a decorated Vietnam War veteran, has commented extensively about Haditha. In May, he told ABC News there was “no question” the U.S. military tried to cover up the Haditha killings, and that he would not “excuse murder.”