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U.S. Marine spared jail time in Iraq killings

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif (Reuters) – A U.S. Marine accused of leading a 2005 massacre of 24 civilians in the Iraqi city of Hadithawas spared jail time when he was sentenced on Tuesday for his role in killings that brought international condemnation on U.S. troops. The harshest penalty Staff Sergeant Frank Wuterich, 31,…

Marine to serve no time for killing 24 Iraqi civilians

A US Marine accused over the killing of 24 Iraqis in 2005 was demoted but will serve no time behind bars, a judge ruled, as locals in Iraq condemned the light sentence. Staff Sergeant Frank Wuterich, who led an eight-man squad whose other members have all been let off, was…

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…

Marine said ‘shoot first, ask later’ in Iraq civilian slayings

CAMP PENDLETON, California — A US Marine ordered his men to “shoot first and ask questions later,” triggering one of the Iraq war’s most controversial episodes which killed 24 civilians in 2005, a court heard. Staff Sergeant Frank Wuterich overreacted in orders he gave his squad after seeing the mangled…

Opening statements delayed at U.S. war crimes trial

A jury has been selected for the court-martial of the last US Marine charged over a notorious 2005 killing of civilians in Iraq, paving the way for opening statements next week. Staff Sergeant Frank Wuterich pleaded not guilty Thursday at Camp Pendleton, California, where the first day of proceedings was…

Last US Marine faces trial over 2005 Iraq killings

After years of appeals and delays, the last US Marine charged over the 2005 killings of 24 civilians in the Iraqi town of Haditha faces a court martial on Thursday in California. United States troops may have left Iraq, but there is still unfinished business in the legal arena with…

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