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The US marine corps has charged seven marines and a navy sailor with murder over the death of an Iraqi civilian.
All eight would also face kidnapping and conspiracy charges, a spokesman told reporters at the Californian camp where the accused were being held.
They are alleged to have shot a man in Hamandiya in April - and covered up the circumstances of his death.
Massey entered Iraq as part of the initial US invasion in March 2003. He witnessed—and in some cases participated in—the killing of innocent civilians. During a single 48-hour period, he says, he saw as many as 30 civilians killed by US gunfire at highway checkpoints.
Massey said that the hostility of the Iraqi people to the presence of the US military grew exponentially over the time he was there in direct response to the brutal methods employed by American troops against the entire Iraqi population.
“As far as I’m concerned, the real war did not begin until they saw us murdering innocent civilians,” he said. “I mean, they were witnessing their loved ones being murdered by US Marines. It’s kind of hard to tell someone that they are being liberated when they just saw their child shot or lost their husband or grandmother.”
Originally posted by SportyMB
goose, I Understand what you're saying but you do know that SSgt Jim Massey was a proven liar...do you? His stories did not match, he had no proof and noone to back up his claims....some of the Marines he claimed to be with were not even in the same unit as him and were at different locations other than what Massey claimed.
In the end, the Marines backed down and agreed to his honorable discharge. He is currently working on a book and plans on using whatever proceeds there are from it to start a post-traumatic stress disorder foundation.
Originally posted by LaoTzu
Her account is that her son was held in solitary confinement for months, shackled.
She said that all of the soldiers are totally innocent.
Originally posted by irontyrant
I think that for every American that is killed in combat or by the cowardly terrorists a village in Iraq should vanish into the sands of time.