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Troops cleared of Iraq wrongdoing

Boss Hog

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I guess we can expect a bit more civil war in Iraq...

Troops cleared of Iraq wrongdoing

A US military investigation has found there was no misconduct by US troops over Iraqi civilian deaths in the town of Ishaqi, defence officials say.


This follows allegations that 11 people were deliberately shot by troops during a raid on a house in March.

The events in Ishaqi, north of Baghdad, are among a number of alleged atrocities by US troops in Iraq.

In the wake of the alleged massacre in Haditha, US troops are starting extra training in moral and ethical values.

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki has criticised coalition forces for what he described as habitual attacks against civilians.

'Correct procedure'

Military officials told the BBC on Friday that the investigation into events in Ishaqi found no wrongdoing on the part of the troops.

Officials said soldiers had followed all the correct procedures when they came under fire as they approached the house. The full results of the investigation have not yet been released.

The Americans said four Iraqis were killed in the attack.

The outcome of the Pentagon investigation emerged a day after the BBC released the video footage that appeared to show the aftermath of US action in Ishaqi, about 100km (60 miles) north of Baghdad.

The US authorities said they were involved in a firefight after a tip-off that an al-Qaeda supporter was visiting the house.

According to the Americans, the building collapsed under heavy fire killing four people - a suspect, two women and a child.

But a report filed by Iraqi police accused US troops of rounding up and deliberately shooting 11 people in the house, including five children and four women, before blowing up the building.

The video tape obtained by the BBC shows a number of dead adults and children at the site with what our world affairs editor John Simpson says were clearly gunshot wounds.

The pictures came from a hardline Sunni group opposed to coalition forces.

It has been cross-checked with other images taken at the time of events and is believed to be genuine.

Other probes are being carried out into the alleged massacre at Haditha, and also into claims that an Iraqi man was deliberately killed on 26 April in Hamandiya - and that the circumstances were covered up. Seven marines and a navy sailor are being held over the claims.

'Violence commonplace'

The Iraqi government has also launched an investigation into the alleged massacre at Haditha, which eyewitnesses claimed US marines shot dead 24 civilians after a roadside bomb attack in November.

Mr Maliki said he would ask the US for the investigative files into the incident.

Violence against civilians was "common among many of the multinational forces", he added.

Many troops had "no respect for citizens, smashing civilian cars and killing on a suspicion or a hunch", he added.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/5042036.stm


Kind gives THIS a little more context, eh?

The US has vehemently opposed the setting up of the ICC, fearing its soldiers and diplomats could be brought before the court which will hear cases of war crimes and crimes against humanity.
 
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man_slut

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This is getting interesting:

Iraqis reject US Ishaqi findings

The Iraqi government has rejected the findings of a US military investigation into the deaths of 11 civilians in the village of Ishaqi, north of Baghdad.
A spokesman for Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki said the report, which cleared the US soldiers of wrongdoing, was unfair.

The government will demand an apology and compensation, the spokesman said.

The US said allegations the troops had deliberately killed a family and then covered it up were "absolutely false".

A report filed by Iraqi police accused US troops of rounding up and deliberately shooting 11 people in the house in Ishaqi, including five children and four women, before blowing up the building.

The US military report, issued on Friday evening, said four bodies including that of an insurgent were found after the raid in March and acknowledged there were up to nine "collateral deaths".

However, it concluded the US soldiers had behaved correctly.

The outcome of the Pentagon investigation emerged a day after the BBC released video footage that appears to show the aftermath of US action in Ishaqi, about 100km (60 miles) north of Baghdad.

The video shows a number of dead adults and children at the site with what our world affairs editor John Simpson says were clearly gunshot wounds.

Other inquiries

Other incidents are being investigated by the Pentagon.

One inquiry is looking into an alleged massacre at Haditha last November, in which 24 civilians were killed.

A report in the New York Times newspaper says Marines commanders learned within two days that civilians in Haditha had died from gunfire, but saw no reason to investigate.

It had initially been reported that the 24 civilians had died in a roadside bomb.

The commanders told investigators they had not seen anything usual in the differing accounts of the incident, and that they had no information at the time to suggest any civilians had been killed deliberately, the newspaper reports.

Mr Maliki has said he will ask the US for the investigative files into the incident.

Another Pentagon investigation is looking at an incident in Hamandiya, where an Iraqi man is alleged to have been deliberately killed on 26 April - and that the circumstances were covered up.

Seven Marines and a navy sailor are being held at a military base in California over the killing.

One of their defence lawyers has said they are expected to be charged in relation to the incident, reports say.

Story from BBC NEWS:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/2/hi/middle_east/5044244.stm

I learnt about this from this article: http://www.counterpunch.com/floyd06052006.html
 
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