Four US soldiers charged with shooting detainees in Iraq

FromStars and Stripes:

GRAFENWÖHR, Germany — Four Germany-based soldiers charged with conspiracy to
commit premeditated murder in Iraq allegedly took male detainees to a canal and
shot them, according to details released by the Army on Tuesday.

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The charges in Cunningham’s case, for example, specify: “Premeditated Murder
of male detainees of apparent Middle-Eastern descent whose names are unknown,
and in order to effect the object of the conspiracy … SSG Jess C. Cunningham and
members of his unit took the male detainees to a canal and members of his unit
did shoot the male detainees with firearms.”

In the specifications released Tuesday, the same wording is used for each of
the other three accused soldiers, with only the names changed.

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“Preliminary findings indicate the deceased detainees were not persons
detained in a detention facility,” the Army’s January release read, indicating
the people were killed on the battlefield and not taken for processing at a
detention facility

4 thoughts on “Four US soldiers charged with shooting detainees in Iraq

  1. While I’m glad that this will, hopefully, be on the road to justly determining guilt or innocence in this case, I wonder how many other times civilians were killed and there just wasn’t anyone around to see it.
    I wonder how many cases of PTSD are aggravated by memories of taking part in non-just actions.
    After all, we have some cases such as Tillman where we shot our own and covered it up.

  2. Wow, we need to send that publication a Thesaurus. I mean, honestly “detainees were not persons detained in a detention facility,”????
    I hope the guilty are punished appropriately.
    Elspeth

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