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WORLD
October 6, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
A suicide bomber killed at least six mourners at a funeral for a member of a prominent tribe with ties to both security forces and insurgents in western Iraq, a police official said. The bomber detonated an explosives belt inside a funeral tent in the mostly Sunni area of Haditha, about 130 miles northwest of Baghdad. At least 15 people were injured. The funeral was for a member of the Jaghaifa tribe, which is split between members of the police and military and supporters of the Sunni insurgency.
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WORLD
March 18, 2009 | Tony Perry
A military appeals court Tuesday upheld the dismissal of war crimes charges against Marine Lt. Col. Jeffrey Chessani, the highest-ranking Marine charged in the 2005 killing of 24 civilians in Haditha, Iraq.
WORLD
June 20, 2008 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Marine Corps is appealing a military judge's decision to dismiss criminal charges against Lt. Col. Jeffrey Chessani in the killing of 24 Iraqis in Haditha in November 2005. The judge, Col. Steven Folsom, ruled Tuesday that the case against Chessani was tainted by the appearance of undue influence brought on the convening authority, Gen. James N. Mattis. Chessani, 44, was charged with dereliction of duty and failure to obey a direct order for not launching a war crimes investigation into the killings.
WORLD
June 18, 2008 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
A military judge at Camp Pendleton on Tuesday dismissed charges against Lt. Col. Jeffrey Chessani, the highest-ranking officer accused in the deaths of 24 Iraqis in 2005 in the town of Haditha. Col. Steven Folsom, the judge, made his ruling in response to a motion from defense attorneys charging that undue influence was exercised on the convening authority in the case. Folsom dismissed the charges without prejudice, meaning the Marine Corps could refile them.
WORLD
March 29, 2008 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
Involuntary manslaughter charges were dropped Friday against a 27-year-old Marine lance corporal who had faced trial in connection with the Marine killings of 24 civilians in Haditha, Iraq, in 2005. Stephen B. Tatum, who also no longer faces charges of reckless endangerment and aggravated assault, will be compelled to testify in the court-martial of Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich, his former squad leader. Wuterich led the assault on two houses where most of the deaths occurred.
WORLD
March 2, 2008 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
This struggling town along the Euphrates River may long be remembered as the place where U.S. Marines killed 24 civilians in 2005, an incident that led to troops being charged with murder and their superiors accused of dereliction of duty for failing to properly investigate.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 19, 2008 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
HADITHA, Iraq -- When the long history of what military leaders are beginning to call the Long War in Iraq is written, the events in a dusty, tumbledown city hard upon the Euphrates River called Haditha will probably serve as a Rorschach test. By nearly everyone's lights, the degradation of prisoners at Abu Ghraib was an outrage and a monumental setback to the U.S.-led mission of winning over the Iraqi people.
WORLD
January 1, 2008 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
A Marine staff sergeant was ordered Monday to stand trial on charges stemming from the 2005 killing of 24 Iraqis in the town of Haditha. Staff Sgt. Frank D. Wuterich is being charged directly with the deaths of several of the Iraqis and indirectly with the other deaths for failing to supervise his Marines as their squad leader. Under a decision by Lt. Gen.
WORLD
October 20, 2007 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
A Marine lieutenant colonel and a lance corporal have been ordered to stand trial on charges stemming from the 2005 killing of 24 civilians in Haditha, Iraq, the Marine Corps announced Friday. Of eight initial defendants in the case, they are the only two who have been ordered to court-martial. The case involves the largest number of civilian deaths of any alleged abuse case involving Marines in Iraq. Lt. Col.
WORLD
September 19, 2007 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
Dereliction of duty charges have been dismissed against a Marine captain whose troops killed 24 Iraqis in November 2005 after a roadside bomb killed a comrade, the Marine Corps announced Tuesday. Lt. Gen. James N. Mattis, commander of the Marine Forces Central Command, decided that any of what a statement referred to as "errors or omissions" made by Capt. Lucas M. McConnell would best be handled through an administrative process.
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