Casualties of Peace

From the NYTimes:

The Army has charged three Reserve soldiers with assaulting Iraqi prisoners in southern Iraq six months ago.

In an arraignment at an Army base in Kuwait on Saturday, three members of the 320th Military Police Battalion of Ashley, Pa., were accused of kicking and punching Iraqi prisoners that they were taking to a camp near Basra on May 12, Army officials said Tuesday.
The accusations became the third set of charges of mistreating Iraqi prisoners that military authorities have brought against American service members.

The Army has charged Lt. Col. Allen B. West with firing a pistol near a suspected supporter of guerrillas during an interrogation in August to scare him into giving up information on pending attacks against soldiers near Tikrit. Colonel West has defended his actions as necessary to protect his troops. Through his lawyer, he has rejected an offer from the staff judge advocate for the Fourth Infantry Division to quit without retirement benefits to avoid court-martial.

In addition, the Marine Corps has charged eight Marine reservists in the death of an Iraqi prisoner near Nasiriya last June. Two of the eight marines faced charges of negligent homicide, while others faced lesser charges, Marine officials said.


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