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WAR: Soldiers Charged in Iraqi Man's Drowning Death

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posted on Jul, 2 2004 @ 04:48 PM
Three U.S. soldiers have been charged of manslaughter in the drowning death of an Iraqi detainee. The detainee was forced to jump from a bridge near Baghdad in January of this year. Another soldier is also facing charges for forcing a second man to do the same, however that individual survived. The Iraqis were detained for curfew violations. All of the soldiers were from Fort Carson 3rd Brigade Infantry. Two other soldiers from the same division are under investigation for the smothering death of an Iraqi general.

AP Story
Sgt. 1st Class Tracy E. Perkins and 1st Lt. Jack M. Saville are charged with manslaughter, assault, conspiracy and obstruction of justice, according to officials with the 4th Infantry based at Fort Hood, Texas. Sgt. Reggie Martinez is charged with manslaughter and Spc. Terry Bowman is charged with assault. All are charged with making false statements.

Also Friday, the British government said a British soldier will face court-martial over the shooting of a 13-year-old Iraqi boy. The boy was wounded Sept. 15 in southern Iraq. Pvt. Alexander Johnston also could face an alternative charge of negligent handling of a weapon, Attorney General Lord Goldsmith said.

The Ministry of Defense would not give more details about what happened or say how badly the boy was wounded. No date was set for the court-martial.

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[edit on 7-2-2004 by worldwatcher]

posted on Jul, 2 2004 @ 05:19 PM
Makes ya mad knowing some of our soldiers may do bad things in war, but if we had no war they would just be out on dates with their girl friends here in our country watching Spider man this weekend. =/.

Bad things happen to good people when faced with the horrors of war. I do not condone anything bad that our troops do, but I think we need to bring our guys home now.

depressing really..

posted on Jul, 2 2004 @ 06:04 PM
while that may be true, bad people will do bad things regardless of the situation. But war does a have a major pychological effect of people...too bad there is a stigma about soldiers seeking mental help.

posted on Jul, 2 2004 @ 06:07 PM
Throw'em in an Iraqi prison for a while. If they live, they'll have new respect for their prisoners.

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