Haditha: Initial review finds that Marines deliberately shot civilians

Not much time to comment on this story at the moment, but it just came across the wires and I wanted to post it for readers to discuss:

WASHINGTON – Evidence collected on the deaths of 24 Iraqis in Haditha supports accusations that U.S. Marines deliberately shot the civilians, including unarmed women and children, a Pentagon official said Wednesday.

Agents of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service have completed their initial work on the incident last November, but may be asked to probe further as Marine Corps and Navy prosecutors review the evidence and determine whether to recommend criminal charges, according to two Pentagon officials who discussed the matter on condition of anonymity.

The decision on whether to press criminal charges against four Marines ultimately will be made by the commander of the accused Marines’ parent unit, the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Pendleton, Calif. That currently is Lt. Gen. John Sattler, but he is scheduled to move to a Pentagon assignment soon; his successor will be Lt. Gen. James Mattis.

I’ll try to post updates and other blog commentary as I get the time to.

Brace yourselves for the celebrations we’re sure to see from that hate-Bush/anti-war wing of the Democratic party.

More: Allah speculates.


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