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June 6, 2007 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
War weariness and a deep suspicion of Iraqis kept Marines from investigating after their troops in the town of Haditha stormed three houses and killed 19 people and yet found no weapons or insurgents, officers testified Tuesday. 1st Lt. William Kallop said that on the night of the incident the U.S. Marines in central Iraq were still reacting to the death of Lance Cpl. Miguel Terrazas, killed earlier in the day by a roadside bomb, and were focused on what they expected to be dangerous days ahead.
June 3, 2007 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
The officer who recommended that Lt. Col. Jeffrey Chessani not inspect the area where Marines had just killed 24 Iraqis testified Saturday that he profoundly regretted his recommendation because it contributed to a false report about the deaths being filed with superiors. "Col. Chessani is not a coward," Maj. Sam Carrasco said, leaning forward and looking directly at the hearing officer, Col. Christopher Conlin. "He'd be the first to go into a house [filled with insurgents] if we needed to."
June 2, 2007 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
A Marine general testified Friday that he probably would have ordered an investigation of the killing of 24 civilians in the Iraqi town of Haditha but for a misleading report filed by the commander there. The testimony by Maj. Gen. Richard Huck is central to the prosecution's case against Marine Lt. Col. Jeffrey Chessani, 43, accused of dereliction of duty and violating a lawful order for not launching a complete investigation of the killings. On Nov.
June 1, 2007 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
Some of the 24 Iraqis killed by Marines in Haditha in late 2005 were shot in the head, several of them at such close range that the bodies had powder burns, a prosecutor said Thursday. As a hush came over the courtroom, Lt. Col.
May 31, 2007 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
A Marine lieutenant testified Wednesday that he had never considered that Marines might have done anything wrong in killing 24 people in the Iraqi town of Haditha, even as he found the bodies of two women and six children huddled on a bed. Lt.
May 10, 2007 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
The weather was desert hot. But the Pepsi was nicely cold. After acting as gracious host, the mayor here made his point. "The people of Germany and Japan would not have made progress without the Americans," Mayor Abdul Hakim M. Rasheed told the Marine officers who recently came to his heavily guarded home. "The people of Iraq deserve the same." The Marines, including three generals, quickly assured Rasheed that they had no plans to abandon him and his city.
December 22, 2006 | Richard Marosi and Tony Perry, Times Staff Writers
Four Marines were charged with murder Thursday in connection with the deaths of 24 men, women and children last year in the Iraqi town of Haditha, and four officers were charged with failing to make accurate reports and thoroughly investigate the deaths. The Nov. 19, 2005, incident in the insurgent stronghold in the Euphrates River valley is one of several in which U.S. troops face criminal charges in the deaths of Iraqi civilians.
August 24, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
An American sergeant who examined the scene hours after Marines killed two dozen Iraqis in Haditha last year said the shootings appeared to be an appropriate response to a coordinated insurgent attack, according to a sworn statement obtained by the Washington Post. Sgt. J.M. Laughner went from house to house in Haditha on Nov. 19, 2005, and acknowledged finding two dozen bodies, including some women and children.
August 7, 2006
Re "Generals Give Grim Report on Iraqi Strife," Aug. 4 Somebody needs to get the secretary of Defense a program. On Thursday in Congress, two senior U.S. military commanders said that the wave of sectarian bloodshed in Iraq has heightened the danger that the country will slide into all-out civil war, to which Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld replied, "We can persevere in Iraq, or we can withdraw prematurely, until they force us to make a stand nearer...
August 3, 2006 | Peter Spiegel, Times Staff Writer
Rep. John P. Murtha (D-Pa.), a Vietnam veteran who has emerged as a leading critic of the war in Iraq, defended himself Wednesday against accusations that he had defamed Marines under investigation in the slayings of 24 civilians in Haditha, saying he publicized the incident to illustrate the pressures soldiers face in Iraq. Murtha was sued Wednesday in federal court by Staff Sgt. Frank D. Wuterich, the senior enlisted man on the scene of the Nov.
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