this storey highlights the tactics employed by the military when a soldier is killed by an improvised explosive device ie roadside/car bomb. when this happens the military goes on a killing spree, said one young soldier during an interview, "kill everthing that moves" was their reply. their justification? if the people of the neighborhood would allow insurgents to plant such a device and not notifiy the marines then they were every bit as guilty in the death of the soldier as al qeada.
CBS NEWS VIDEO
Probe: Marines Likely Murdered Iraqis
Investigators Believe Marines' Killing Of Iraqis Was Unprovoked
WASHINGTON, May 26, 2006
(CBS/AP) sInvestigators believe that their criminal investigation into the deaths of about two dozen Iraqi civilians points toward a conclusion that Marines committed unprovoked murders, a senior defense official said Friday.
The Marine Corps initially reported 15 deaths and said they were caused by a roadside bomb and an ensuing firefight with insurgents. A separate investigation is seeking to determine if Marines lied to cover up the killings.
Pentagon sources: Civilians likely killed without provocation
Photos from scene said to be 'inconsistent' with Marine account
Friday, May 26, 2006; Posted: 5:06 p.m. EDT (21:06 GMT)
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- An ongoing military investigation supports allegations that U.S. Marines in November killed 24 innocent Iraqi civilians without being provoked, senior Pentagon sources said Friday.
Charges, including murder, could soon be filed against Marines allegedly involved, the sources said.
The killings reportedly occurred while troops from the 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines were searching for insurgents who planted a roadside bomb that killed a member of the unit.
The Marines originally had reported that 15 civilians were killed by a roadside bomb in Haditha, a city along the Euphrates River in western Iraq. The Marines later suggested the civilians may have been caught in a firefight.
Marines' Iraq conduct scrutinised
BBC NEWS Thursday, 25 May 2006, 17:53 GMT 18:53 UK
The commander of the US Marine Corps is going to Iraq to reinforce standards of behaviour, after allegations that marines unlawfully killed civilians.
In a statement, Gen Michael Hagee said marines risked becoming "indifferent to the loss of human life".
Earlier, the US military said it was investigating the alleged killing of an Iraqi civilian by marines last month.
Another inquiry is investigating allegations that marines killed at least 15 Iraqi civilians last year.
The victims, in Haditha, included women and children.
Officials are probing whether US troops deliberately killed the civilians after a roadside bomb attack on their unit...
...Residents in Haditha have described how US troops went on a violent rampage after the roadside bomb attack killed a marine while on a routine patrol last November.
At least seven women and three children are thought to have been among those killed.