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U.S. soldier accused of killings of 24 Iraqi civilians reaches plea deal

LOS ANGELES — A US Marine accused in the 2005 killings of 24 Iraqi civilians pleaded guilty Monday to negligence, as manslaughter charges were dropped in a deal under which he faces three months’ imprisonment at most. Staff Sergeant Frank Wuterich, the commander of a group of Marines whose other…

US appeals to reopen Blackwater case

WASHINGTON — A US appeals court met behind closed doors Tuesday as the government appealed a judge’s decision to clear five former guards with security company Blackwater of killing 14 Iraqi civilians in 2007. The three appeals court judges agreed to a request from all sides for the hearing into…

337 Iraqi civilians killed in May

The number of Iraqi civilians killed in acts of violence in May was the highest monthly tally so far this year, figures released on Tuesday showed. Overall, 337 people – 275 civilians, 45 police and 17 soldiers – died as a result of attacks in May, according to data compiled…

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