Thursday, January 26, 2012

Haditha case: The tale of brutality that ends with no one jailed

The Marines charged with killing of 24 innocent Iraqi children in 2005 attack on a house in city of Haditha, Iraq have apparently been given no jail sentence as their action was covered under the military's rules of engagement. 

"The Americans killed children who were hiding inside the cupboards or under the beds," said Rafid Abdul Majeed Hadithi, 43, a teacher in the city of Haditha who says he witnessed the 2005 assault by U.S. Marines that took the lives of 24 unarmed Iraqi civilians. "Was this Marine charged with dereliction of duty because he didn't kill more? Is Iraqi blood so cheap?", says a report published in the LA Times.

In the United States, the brutal saga of Haditha — among the dead were seven children, including a toddler, three women, and a 76-year-old man in a wheelchair — may have concluded Monday with Marine Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich's guilty plea to negligent dereliction of duty. A military judge said Tuesday that Wuterich will serve no time in the brig under the terms of his plea bargain.

Read full story for more details at: LA Times


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