Few Soldiers Who Kill Civilians in Iraq Are Convicted of Murder


According to the Washington Post, most U.S. troops accused of murdering Iraqi civilians have been acquitted or found guilty of lesser charges, and many have not even been tried for the offenses.

The Post’s analysis of military records shows that, although thousands of Iraqi civilians have died at the hands of U.S. forces, only 39 service members were formally accused in connection with the deaths of 20 Iraqis from 2003 to early this year. Twenty-six of the 39 troops were initially charged with murder, negligent homicide or manslaughter; but only 12 ultimately served prison time for any offense.

Link: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/08/27/AR2006082700770.html

Comments are closed.