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U.S. Sergeant Charged in Killing of 2 Officers

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posted on Jun, 18 2005 @ 10:18 AM
It is believed to be the first suspected case of 'fragging' in the Iraq conflict. The soldiers were initially thought to have been victims of mortar strikes in Tikrit.

A U.S. Army staff sergeant has been charged with premeditated murder in the deaths of two soldiers — including the suspect's commanding officer.

The two suffered fatal wounds in a series of June 7 explosions that struck as they conferred in a room on a base, situated on the compound of a former palace of Saddam Hussein. The two officers died the next day. Officials initially reported that the explosions were mortar strikes.

The charges against Staff Sgt. Alberto B. Martinez, 37, are believed to represent the first suspected case of "fragging," military slang for the killing of an officer by a subordinate, in Iraq. Allegations of fragging, so named because many cases involved hand grenades, known to troops as frags, became infamous during the Vietnam War, when some discontented U.S. troops turned on their superiors.

Authorities did not talk about a possible motive in the Iraq case, saying that a criminal investigation is continuing. But authorities indicated that Capt. Phillip T. Esposito, who was Martinez's commanding officer, was believed to be the target of the explosions.

LA Times

First case of Fraggin reported in Iraq.

Could it be that the "Vietnam War Scenario" will soon start to happen in Iraq too?

Maybe this is the sign that things are getting out of hand, as subordinets start killing their superior officers in command.

Its a clear first sign of discontentment of US troops in Iraq.

Or maybe its only the First Reported case by the Media - apparently the US Army Lied in the first place, saying it was a mortar attack.

posted on Jun, 18 2005 @ 04:12 PM
it might be the first reported case of fragging, but i seriously doubt its actually the first over in iraq......plenty of ak's lyin round over there so it dont look like an own goal if they go for an autopsy if its suspect

posted on Jun, 18 2005 @ 04:40 PM
It is not the first reported case of fragging in Iraq.

A little research would have shown you the following:

That is just what is here about it. You could have found more if you had bothered to google.

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