spalio 15, 2009
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The Haditha killings (also called the Haditha incident or the Haditha massacre) refers to the incident where 24 Iraqi men, women and children were killed on November 19, 2005 in Haditha, a city in the western Iraq province of Al Anbar. At least 15 of those killed were noncombatant civilians, and the 24 were killed by a group of United States Marines. It has been alleged that the killings were retribution for the attack on a convoy of United States Marines with an improvised explosive device that killed Lance Corporal Miguel Terrazas.
An initial Marine Corps communique reported that 15 civilians were killed by the bomb’s blast and eight insurgents were subsequently killed when the Marines returned fire against those attacking the convoy. However, other evidence uncovered by the media contradicted the Marines’ account. A Time magazine reporter’s questions prompted the U.S. military to open an investigation into the incident. The investigation claimed it found evidence that “supports accusations that U.S. Marines deliberately shot civilians, including unarmed women and children”, according to an anonymous Pentagon official. On December 21, 2006, eight Marines from 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines were charged in connection with the incident. As of June, 2008, charges against seven of the eight Marines had been dropped.
In the course of the Article 32 hearings, conflicting testimony has been presented, some of it rebutting the media-cited case made by accusers and prosecutors of the Marines. The investigating officer has told the prosecution so far, “The account you want me to believe does not support unpremeditated murder.” He conceded that the central issue was who is to be believed and that he was disinclined to recommend a trial when he thought it was unlikely any Iraqi would agree to come to the U.S. to testify. On 9 August, LtGen James Mattis dropped the charges against Lance Cpl. Justin Sharratt,and Lance Cpl Travis Chambers who had been accused of murder, and against Capt. Randy Stone, accused of failing to investigate the incident. On 23 August, the investigating officer recommended charges against Lance Cpl. Stephen Tatum be dropped as well but on October 19, his commanding officer decided the charges should be lowered to involuntary manslaughter, reckless endangerment and aggravated assault.
On October 3, 2007, the Article 32 hearing investigating officer recommended that Staff Sgt Frank Wuterich be tried for negligent homicide in deaths of two women and five children, and that charges of murder be dropped.
As of June 17, 2008, six defendants had their cases dropped and one was found not guilty. The exception is SSgt. Wuterich, whose trial date has been postponed. At least three officers have been officially reprimanded for failing to properly initially report and investigate the killings.”
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Taip pat BBC straipsnis: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/5033648.stm
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