U.S. soldiers charged with abuse in Iraq

Richard A Whitenight rum.runner at JUNO.COM
Sat Jul 16 11:08:13 MDT 2005


I wonder if the major news agencies will follow up on this proactive
effect by the U S Military?
....
U.S. soldiers charged with abuse in Iraq 
10:14 AM CDT on Saturday, July 16, 2005 
Associated Press 
Eleven U.S. soldiers have been charged with assaulting detainees in Iraq,
the military said Saturday, while three British soldiers were killed by a
roadside bomb in a rare attack in the relatively stable southern part of
the country. 
Also Saturday, suicide attackers killed at least nine Iraqi forces in
separate attacks in Baghdad and just south of Mosul as insurgents kept up
their campaign against the nation's U.S.-trained security force. 
Iraqi police also arrested a would-be suicide bomber in the capital
before he could detonate an explosive belt among a crowd mourning the
victims of an attack earlier this week that killed 27 people, mostly
children, an official said. It was the second thwarted attack this week. 
The U.S. military said in a statement that the charges against the 11
troops, who served in the Baghdad area but were not otherwise identified,
were filed Wednesday after another soldier complained about the alleged
assaults. 
"None of the insurgents required medical treatment for injuries related
to the alleged assault," the statement added. "Only one of the suspected
terrorists remains in custody of coalition forces at this time." 
The soldiers had been assigned to the Army's Task Force Baghdad but were
taken off-duty pending the investigation, the military said, adding that
the Army's Criminal Investigation Division would determine whether they
should face trial by court-martial. 
"Allegations of illegal activities will always be thoroughly
investigated," said Lt. Col. Clifford Kent, a Task Force Baghdad
spokesman. 
U.S. commanders have been especially sensitive about alleged mistreatment
of detainees since the abuse of inmates at Abu Ghraib prison resulted in
a major scandal involving America's handling of prisoners both here and
in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. 
The attack against the British occurred as the troops were on patrol
about 2:30 a.m. in the city of Amarah in Maysan province, 180 miles
southeast of Baghdad. Three British troops were killed and two wounded,
according to Britain's Ministry of Defense. 
British Prime Minister Tony Blair, a staunch U.S. ally, expressed his
condolences for the dead soldiers. 
"The bravery of our armed forces was yet again underlined as they help
Iraq and its people towards the democracy they so desperately want,"
Blair said Saturday. 
The fatalities brought to 92 the number of British servicemen who have
died since the Iraq war started in March 2003. Britain has about
8,500-troops in the country, mostly based in the largely Shiite south,
where support for the Shiite-led government in Baghdad is stronger. 
British losses have been far fewer than those suffered by the larger U.S.
force, which is bearing the brunt of the fight against Sunni Arab
insurgents in northern, western and central Iraq. At least 1,763 members
of the U.S. military have died since the war started. 
In other violence Saturday, a suicide attacker detonated an explosive
belt inside a police station 10 miles south of the northern city of
Mosul, killing six policemen and wounding 20 others, Brig. Gen. Saeed
Ahmed said. 
A suicide car bomber also struck an Iraqi police patrol in the Baghdad
subdivision of Dora, killing three commandos and wounding five civilians,
hospital and police officials said. 
Elsewhere in the capital, a suicide car bomber struck near a U.S.
military convoy in the southeast of the city, setting a Humvee ablaze,
police Lt. Col. Hassan Salloub said. No U.S. casualties were reported. 
The attacks came a day after a wave of suicide car bombs and explosions
targeting U.S. and Iraqi security forces rocked the capital, killing at
least 33 people and wounding at least 111, including seven American
soldiers. 
One of the bombings hit after sundown on a bridge over the Tigris River
near the home of President Jalal Talabani. Four security guards were
killed and nine people were wounded in that attack. Talabani was at home
at the time, aides said, but the target may have been a U.S. convoy. 
Al-Qaida's wing in Iraq claimed responsibility in Internet statements for
several of the attacks, but the authenticity could not be confirmed. 
The would-be bomber arrested Saturday in Baghdad said he was Libyan,
according to police Lt. Mohammed Jassim. 
Jassim said police grew suspicious of the man, stopped him and discovered
the explosives belt. 
On Thursday, Iraqi and U.S. forces captured another suicide bomber before
he could detonate his explosives belt as part of coordinated assaults
just 150 feet from the Green Zone, the site of the U.S. Embassy and major
Iraqi government offices. 
A car bomb exploded successfully. But one pedestrian bomber was killed
after an Iraqi policeman shot him, setting off his explosive vest. Five
policemen and four civilians were wounded by the blasts and gunfire. 
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