Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Marines Plotted Rape And Murder

Investigators believe US soldiers spent nearly a week plotting and attack in which they raped and Iraqi woman, then killed her and her family in an insurgent-ridden area south of Baghdad, a US military official said.

US officials said they knew of the deaths but thought the victims died because of sectarian violence. However, a local police official, Captain Ihsan Abdul-Rahman, said Iraqi officials received a report on March 13 alleging that US soldiers had killed the family in the Khasir Abyad district near Mahmoudiya. A US official said flammable liquid was used to burn the woman's body in a cover-up attempt.

AP

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