May 29, 2006 |
Lance Cpl. Roel Ryan Briones says he is tormented by two memories of Nov. 19, 2005, in Haditha, Iraq. The first is of the body of his best friend and fellow Marine blown apart just after dawn by a roadside bomb. The second is of the lifeless form of a small Iraqi girl, one of two dozen unarmed civilians allegedly killed by members of his Camp Pendleton unit -- Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division.
June 15, 2007 |
A Marine lance corporal accused of executing three unarmed Iraqi brothers in Haditha told a hearing officer Thursday that he killed them after two of them pointed AK-47s at him while he searched their home for insurgents. "I kept firing until my magazine was empty because I didn't know if they had body armor or suicide vests," Lance Cpl. Justin L. Sharratt told the hearing officer at his Article 32 inquiry, similar to a preliminary hearing.
July 9, 2006 |
Even before the investigation of the killing of 24 civilians in the Iraqi town of Haditha is complete, the Marine Corps has taken action, stressing accountability and sternly reminding officers that they must investigate all civilian deaths. The investigative report, by an Army general, will be highly critical of officers for not investigating the Nov.
October 5, 2007 |
A hearing officer has recommended that a Marine staff sergeant be tried on negligent homicide charges in the deaths of five women and two children in Iraq, but predicted that the prosecution would fail. Lt. Col. Paul Ware, in a report to a top general, recommended that murder charges against the sergeant be dropped in the deaths of 12 other civilians in November 2005 in the Iraqi town of Haditha. The case against Staff Sgt. Frank D.
September 1, 2007 |
A Marine squad leader executed five Iraqi men after a roadside bomb blast killed a Marine and then told squad members to falsely claim that the men were shot while running away, a member of his squad testified Friday. Sgt. Sanick P. Dela Cruz said he saw Staff Sgt. Frank D. Wuterich fire his M-16 at the five as they stood beside a taxi in which they had been riding in the Iraqi village of Haditha, some with their hands locked behind their heads.
August 16, 2006 |
Rep. John Kline (R-Minn.) apologized to Marines under investigation in the deaths of two dozen Iraqi civilians in Haditha in a statement his office said spared him from a libel suit. Kline, a retired Marine colonel, issued a three-paragraph statement under a deal with lawyers for Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich, one of the Marines under investigation. Charges have not been filed. Wuterich's lawyers sued Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) on Aug. 2 after his comments on the case.