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GIs may have planned Iraq rape, slayings

 

By RYAN LENZ, Associated Press Writer

 

BEIJI, Iraq - Investigators believe a group of U.S. soldiers suspected of raping an Iraqi woman, then killing her and three members of her family plotted the attack for nearly a week, a U.S. military official said Saturday.

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Up to five soldiers are being investigated in the March killings, the fifth pending case involving alleged slayings of Iraqi civilians by U.S. troops.

 

The Americans entered the Sunni Arab's family home, separated three males from the woman, raped her and burned her body using a flammable liquid in a cover-up attempt, a military official close to the investigation said. The three males were also slain.

 

The soldiers had studied their victims for about a week and the attack was "totally premeditated," the official said on condition of anonymity because the investigation was ongoing. The family had just moved into the home in the insurgent-riddled area around Mahmoudiya, 20 miles south of Baghdad.

 

The U.S. military issued a terse statement about the killings Friday, saying only that Maj. Gen. James D. Thurman, commander of the 4th Infantry Division, ordered a criminal investigation into the alleged slaying of a family of four in Mahmoudiya.

 

U.S. officials said they knew of the deaths but thought the victims were killed in sectarian violence. But Mahmoudiya police Capt. Ihsan Abdul-Rahman said Iraqi officials received a report on March 13 alleging that American soldiers had killed the family in the Khasir Abyad area, about 6 miles north of Mahmoudiya.

 

There were some discrepancies over how many soldiers were being investigated. The U.S. military official said it was at least four. Two other U.S. officials said Friday that five were under investigation but one already had been discharged for unspecified charges unrelated to the killings and was believed to be in the United States.

 

The four still in the Army have had their weapons taken away and were confined to a U.S. base near Mahmoudiya, officials said. If convicted of premeditated murder, the soldiers could receive a death sentence under U.S. military law.

 

The suspects were from the 502nd Infantry Regiment and belonged to the same platoon as two soldiers kidnapped and killed south of Baghdad this month, another official close to the investigation said Friday. The soldiers' mutilated bodies were found June 19, three days after they were abducted by insurgents near Youssifiyah southwest of Baghdad.

 

The military has said one and possibly both of the slain soldiers were tortured and beheaded. The official said the mutilation of the slain soldiers stirred feelings of guilt and led at least one member of the platoon to reveal the rape-slaying on June 22.

 

One soldier was arrested after admitting his role in the alleged attack on the family, the official said on condition of anonymity because the case was under way. The official said the rape and killings appeared to have been a "crime of opportunity," noting that the soldiers had not been attacked by insurgents but had noticed the woman on previous patrols.

 

One of the family members they allegedly killed was a child, said a senior Army official who also requested anonymity because the investigation is ongoing. The senior official said the alleged incident was first revealed by a soldier during a routine counseling-type session. The official said that soldier did not witness the incident but heard about it.

 

A second soldier, who also was not involved, said he overhead soldiers conspiring to commit the crimes and then later saw bloodstains on their clothes, the official said.

 

The allegations of rape could generate a particularly strong backlash in Iraq, a conservative, strongly religious society in which many women will not even shake hands with men who are not close relatives.

 

The case is among the most serious against U.S. soldiers allegedly involved in the deaths of Iraqi civilians. At least 14 U.S. troops have been convicted.

 

Last week, seven Marines and one Navy medic were charged with premeditated murder in the shooting death of an Iraqi man near Fallujah west of Baghdad.

 

U.S. officials are also investigating allegations that U.S. Marines killed two dozen unarmed Iraqi civilians Nov. 19 in the western town of Haditha in a revenge attack after a fellow Marine died in a roadside bombing.

 

Other cases involve the deaths of three male detainees in Salahuddin province in May, the shooting death of an unarmed Iraqi man near Ramadi in February and the death of an Iraqi soldier after an interrogation at a detention camp in Qaim in 2003.

 

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AP correspondent Ryan Lenz is embedded with the 101st Airborne Division in Beiji, Iraq. He was previously embedded with the 502nd Infantry Regiment in Mahmoudiya. AP correspondent Lolita C. Baldor in Washington contributed to this report

Edited by yusufar

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:D/Peace To All

 

The can of worms is divulging it's rotten contents :D

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Absolutely disgusting. These are people who have supposedly been sent to 'free' Iraqis from Saddam. I think they are worse and should be hanged publicly.

 

Its on MSNBC also at (www.)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_www.msnbc.msn(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/id/13630952/"]you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_www.msnbc.msn(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/id/13630952/[/url]

 

Wassalam

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:D This is only what we know about, imagine all the things they conceal...

 

It's truely disgusting and my view of the occupation is they are dirty vile animals that live in darkest depths of evil. I never ever will look at a soldier as someone who is helping others in this world.

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and should be hanged publicly.

 

I'll meet you there with the popcorn.

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I'll meet you there with the popcorn.

 

Bring popcorn for the other GIs who are going to watch their colleagues hanging, and possibly take a lesson. And bring some coke too, as that is what you guys stuff yourself with. Coke and popcorn.

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Aburufay,

 

Either you completely missed my point or you just being spiteful for the hell of it.

 

I believe these men deserve to die if they are guilty of these crimes. I believe a public hanging would be a wonderful idea. I'll be the one eating the popcorn watching these men get what is coming to them. You can have some too unless, as it seems, you think it is too American to eat popcorn. I'll stay away from the coke though, I am more of a sprite or Dr. Pepper man.

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Bring popcorn for the other GIs who are going to watch their colleagues hanging, and possibly take a lesson. And bring some coke too, as that is what you guys stuff yourself with. Coke and popcorn.

 

Salaam, brother get a grip man the guy only meant the gis deserved punishment.... regarding coke i prefer soemthing non fizzy... putting on too much weight :D

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I am more of a sprite or Dr. Pepper man.

ewwww....Dr.Pepper! YUCK! Oh well, to each his own.

Having said that I have to add that Brother Aburafay, Livius is rightly condemning this action and there really isn't any reason to attack him on that account

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ewwww....Dr.Pepper! YUCK!

 

It's a Texas thing :D

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These soldiers should be tried in an Iraqi court, and if found guilty should serve whatever sentence an Iraqi judge sees fit.

I doubt Pres Bush would allow this to happen, but it's a nice thought.

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In this photo provided by the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office, Steven D. Green is shown in A booking mug shot at the Mecklenburg County jail in Charlotte, N.C., Monday, July 3, 2006.

 

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US soldier charged with rape of Iraqi

(AP), 2006-07-04

 

A former soldier discharged because of a "personality disorder" :?: :!: was accused in federal court Monday of executing an Iraqi family so he and other troops could rape and murder a young woman they had been eyeing at a traffic checkpoint.

 

Steven D. Green, a skinny, 21-year-old former private, was led into court wearing baggy shorts, flip-flops and a Johnny Cash T-shirt. He spoke only to confirm his identity and stared as a federal magistrate ordered him held without bond on murder and rape charges that carry a possible death penalty.

 

Green became the first person identified in the latest case of alleged killings of Iraqi civilians by US troops, horrific deaths discovered in a burned house near Mahmoudiya in March that military officials initially blamed on insurgents.

 

According to a 10-page federal affidavit, Green and three other soldiers from the Fort Campbell, Ky.-based 101st Airborne Division had talked about raping the young woman, whom they first saw while working at the checkpoint. On the day of the attack, the document said, Green and other soldiers drank alcohol and changed out of their uniforms to avoid detection before going to the woman's house. Green covered his face with a brown T-shirt.

 

Once there, the affidavit said, Green took three members of the family, an adult male and female, and a girl estimated to be 5 years old, into a bedroom, after which shots were heard from inside.

 

"Green came to the bedroom door and told everyone, 'I just killed them. All are dead,'" the affidavit said.

 

The affidavit is based on interviews conducted by the FBI and military investigators with three unidentified soldiers assigned to Green's platoon. One of the soldiers said he witnessed another soldier and Green rape the woman.

 

"After the rape, (the soldier) witnessed Green shoot the woman in the head two to three times," the affidavit said.

 

Investigators also interviewed a fifth soldier, who was left behind to mind the radio at the traffic checkpoint. That soldier said Green and three others returned from the woman's house "with blood on their clothes, which they burned. Immediately after this, they each told (the soldier) that this is never to be discussed again."

 

An official familiar with details of the investigation in Iraq has told reporters that a flammable liquid was used to burn the rape victim's body in an attempted cover-up.

 

The affidavit noted that prosecutors have photos taken by Army investigators in Iraq of all four bodies found inside a burned house and a photo of a burned body of "what appears to be a woman with blankets thrown over her upper torso."

 

The age of the young woman was unclear. FBI documents estimated her age at 25, but a neighbor of the family said the rape victim was 14 and her sister was 10.

 

The Washington Post reported the rape victim was 15 and that her mother worried her daughter had attracted the attention of US soldiers at a checkpoint. The mother asked a neighbor if the girl could sleep at his house.

 

The neighbor agreed but the girl and her family was attacked the next day, according to the Post. The neighbor told the Post he was one of the first people to arrive at the house after the attack and found the girl dead in a corner, her hair and a pillow burned and her dress pushed up to her neck.

 

Green, who was arrested Friday in the town of Marion northwest of Charlotte, is being prosecuted in federal, rather than military court because he is no longer in the Army. According to the affidavit, his 11-month-stint ended "before this incident came to light" when he was given an honorable discharge "due to a personality disorder."

 

The soldiers accused in the rape and killings are from the same platoon as two soldiers whose mutilated bodies were found June 19, three days after they were abducted by insurgents near Youssifiyah, southwest of Baghdad. Military officials say they believe guilt over the mutilations may have spurred a confession by one of the soldiers during a combat-stress debriefing late last month.

 

No other soldier has been charged in the case, said Maj. Joseph Breasseale, a US military spokesman in Baghdad. However, military officials have said four Army soldiers have had their weapons taken away and were being confined to their base near Mahmoudiya.

 

The mayor of Mahmoudiya, Mouayad Fadhil, said Monday that Iraqi authorities had started their own investigation. He said US Army officers were also seeking permission to exhume one of the bodies; the US military declined to comment on the report because the investigation is ongoing.

 

According to the affidavit, Green was arrested while traveling back to Fort Campbell after attending a funeral for one of the mutilated soldiers in Arlington, Va.

 

He was quoted in December by the Fort Campbell Courier about a search for insurgents and expressed surprise at the ease of the mission.

 

"I was surprised by how many people weren't home, but the ones who were there were submissive and let us look through their things," he said.

 

Court officials said Green will have a preliminary hearing and a detention hearing on July 10 in Charlotte, and will then be brought to Louisville to stand trial.

 

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Stupid ugly pig - May Allah have no mercy upon him for what he did to your brothers and sisters!

 

Former US private charged with rape and killing victim's family in Iraq

 

· Soldier was discharged with personality disorder

· Four men involved in attack, according to FBI

 

Suzanne Goldenberg in Washington

Tuesday July 4, 2006

The Guardian

 

Former US private Steven Green, 21

Former US private Steven Green, 21. Photograph: AP

 

The Pentagon said yesterday it had charged a former US soldier with raping and killing a young woman in Iraq and killing three members of her family in what may prove one of the most incendiary war crimes investigations since the invasion in 2003.

 

Steven Green, 21, and a former private with the US army's 101st Airborne Division, based in Fort Campbell, Kentucky, was charged under military law with four counts of murder and one of rape.

 

If convicted, he could face the death penalty. He appeared in court in North Carolina yesterday, and was expected to be returned to Kentucky for further proceedings.

 

Mr Green's arrest came as new details emerged about the alleged atrocity in the town of Mahmudiya, suggesting that the rape victim, identified by the Washington Post yesterday as Abeer Qasim Hamza, was as young as 15 years old. Reuters news agency put the woman's age at 16, and US officials have said the woman was 20 or 25. Her sister, who was also killed, may have been as young as seven.

 

It also emerged that Mr Green had been discharged from the military because of a personality disorder after serving 11 months in Iraq.

 

His arrest marks the fifth war crimes inquiry by the Pentagon in recent weeks, and because of the extreme sensitivities attached to sexual offences and family honour in Muslim communities threatens to further inflame anti-American sentiment in Iraq and around the world.

 

In the version of events released by the justice department yesterday, Mr Green was among four soldiers manning a checkpoint near the family's home on the night of March 11.

 

While on duty, they were overheard discussing plans to rape the woman, and later left for her house after directing another soldier to monitor the radio. They were armed with M4 rifles from the armoury, and fuelled with alcohol - in violation of military regulations. Three of the alleged assailants changed into dark clothing; a witness also said Mr Green covered his face with a brown T-shirt.

 

When the soldiers arrived at the home, one of the American troops stood guard at the front door, while the other soldiers went inside. One witness told the FBI investigator that the parents and sister of the rape victim were confined to a back bedroom, and that he later heard gunshots from that room.

 

"I just killed them, all are dead," Mr Green allegedly announced to the soldiers, according to the FBI investigative report released by the justice department.

 

Three of the soldiers then raped the woman, according to the report. She was then shot in the head a number of times. Her body also was burned, the report said.

 

All four members of the family were killed with an AK-47 rifle that the father kept in the house, the investigative report said.

 

The alleged atrocity comes to light just as the Pentagon deals with a number of serious war crimes allegations in Iraq, including murder investigations into the deaths of 24 civilians at Haditha in November.

 

In this instance, the alleged rape and murder emerged late last month when two soldiers came forward to say they had overheard fellow troops planning an attack on the young woman, and that the same men had later returned with bloodstained clothing.

 

The soldiers told investigators that they were motivated to come forward because of guilt.

 

At first, US military authorities had attributed the death of the family to sectarian violence. That explanation initially suited the relatives of the dead, who viewed the rape of the young woman as a stain upon the honour of the family, and did not want it widely known.

 

According to yesterday's Washington Post, the family did not hold public burials because they were so ashamed of the circumstances surrounding their daughter's death.

 

Although relatives have given permission for the bodies to be exhumed for the purposes of an investigation, one family member contacted by the Post was cynical about the enterprise.

"What is the benefit of publishing this story?" said Bassem, identified as the rape victim's uncle.

 

"People will read about this crime. And they will forget about it the next day."

 

 

and unfortunately... the people do forget... or they just dont care.

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O Allah destroy the filthy crusader army that have entered the lands of the Muslims.

 

Destroy the dogs that rape our sisters and humiliate our brothers. Make them suffer in this life and bring upon them the worst of punishment in the hereafter.

 

O Allah, strengthen the Mujahideen and grant them victory.

 

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Peace to all,

My heart goes out to the victims and their families.

 

Rest assured that not every soldier is a psychopath like these individuals. Take heart in the fact that it was fellow U.S. soldiers who identified the wrongdoers.

 

For years after 9/11 many otherwise good Americans turned a blind eye to bad news about the war and its questionable justification. This is changing now; people who used to think that our soldiers could do no wrong, and anything that happened to "the enemy" was okay, no matter how bad, are finally coming back to American principles including justice. Even the most steadfast warhawks are rethinking their carte-blanche support for the war.

 

Whereas a few years ago the soldiers in question may have gotten away with it, the tide has been turning. The soldiers accused of this horrific crime are facing charges and serious punishment. This will not bring back these particular victims, but let us look for some positive in the matter. The perpetrators are in custody. Other potential bad-apple soldiers are aware that it isn't "anything-goes." The majority of soldiers who are basically good people are reassured that their ethical behavior in the face of horiffic circumstances of war is worth the effort. Hopefully, non-Americans can see that justice is being meted out, and in time we can have a gradual lessening of tensions, instead of the endless cycle of attacks and reprisals, ad infinitum.

 

Americans will not countenance an army that would rape people. Believe me, nobody is gloating over the report of the raped young woman. Even those who have been gung-ho supporters of the current administration and the war fall silent at this report.

 

Terrible as this alleged event is, let us all look to a future of peace and justice for all people. To me this means focusing our wrath upon the perpetrators, and working to unite Nations. As long as we root for one side or the other to win by force and violence, all of humanity suffers.

 

Peace,

-Neo

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It turns out that the girl was 14 years old, and not 20-25 as previously stated.

May Allah have mercy on us all.

:D

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:D

 

O Allah destroy the filthy crusader army that have entered the lands of the Muslims.

 

Destroy the dogs that rape our sisters and humiliate our brothers. Make them suffer in this life and bring upon them the worst of punishment in the hereafter.

 

O Allah, strengthen the Mujahideen and grant them victory.

 

:D

 

 

....and while your at it, can you do something about the filthy muslim elements within our beloved western societies that plot, rape and murder their unsuspecting and innocent hosts.

 

Please strengthen the resolve of western leaders and their people, so they may fight these ugly alien forces, and slay them, and clear their lands of such filth.

 

Your faithfully

 

Truth Onion.

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:D/Peace To All

 

This is to all:

 

Let's not get out of hand with the insults. Express your views in a proper and civil way!

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:D/Peace To All

 

The can of worms is divulging it's rotten contents :D

 

 

Why aren't you asking him to post his links ?

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Why aren't you asking him to post his links ?

Worry about yourself...

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Worry about yourself.../quote]

 

 

 

'SNIFF', 'SNIFF.' Is that the stench of double standards, I smell ?

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:D/Peace To All

 

diverdown, you need to be very careful of the accusations you hurl, and you also need to show respect!

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:D/Peace To Alldiverdown, you need to be very careful of the accusations you hurl, and you also need to show respect!

 

 

 

 

Right back at ya, chief.

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