Saturday, July 01, 2006

Reuters AlertNet - CHRONOLOGY-U.S. troops and civilian complaints in Iraq

Reuters AlertNet
June 30 (Reuters) - Here are some incidents that have made headlines about U.S. forces' treatment of civilians in Iraq:

April 28, 2003 - Troops of the 82nd Airborne Division open fire during a protest in the Sunni town of Falluja. Officers said they fired on two gunmen and said up to 10 people were killed. Doctors put the casualty toll at 13 dead and 75 wounded.

Jan. 3, 2004 - Zaidoun Faleh Hassoun believed drowned after U.S. soldiers pushed two men into the Tigris River at Samarra. Two soldiers were sentenced to up to six months for assault.

April 28 - U.S. television shows photographs of U.S. troops abusing detainees in 2003 at Abu Ghraib prison. Several were jailed. Some cases go on. Commanders deny ordering torture.

May 19 - About 40 people killed in U.S. air strike on desert encampment at Mogr al-Deeb. Denying local accounts that the dead were innocently celebrating a wedding, U.S. military insists most were foreign Arab militants: "Bad people have parties too."

Sept. 12 - U.S. helicopter rockets kill at least five people including a television journalist in a crowd around a crippled U.S. vehicle in Baghdad. U.S. military changes justification for firing, eventually saying pilots were responding to gunshots.

Nov. 13 - Unnamed corporal from 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment filmed shooting apparently unarmed, wounded man in a Falluja mosque. Commanders ruled he could have "reasonably believed" the man and two others he shot were hostile.

March 4, 2005 - U.S. soldiers at checkpoint kill Italian agent Nicola Calipari as he escorts freed hostage Italian journalist to Baghdad airport. Troops cleared of any wrongdoing.

Oct. 16 - Iraqi officials in Ramadi say about 20 civilians, including children, killed near wreck of U.S. vehicle. Military says 20 militants killed when jet bombs men planting explosives.

Nov. 19 - Twenty-four Iraqis shot dead at Haditha. Marines of Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment first say 15 civilians killed by roadside bomb that killed a Marine and that they shot eight guerrillas. U.S. investigators now say 24 men, women and children were shot. Charges expected to be brought.

Feb. 15, 2006 - Soldier shoots man near U.S. base in Ramadi. He is charged in June with voluntary manslaughter. He and a second soldier are also charged with obstruction of justice.

March 12 - A family of four Iraqi civilians are killed in their home in the area of Mahmudiya, south of Baghdad. The U.S. launches a probe in late June into allegations that U.S. soldiers raped an Iraqi woman and then killed her and three members of her family, including a child.

March 15 - Police say six adults and five children shot dead in U.S. raid on home in Ishaqi, north of Baghdad. The 101st Airborne Division initially says two women and a child died during arrest of al Qaeda militant. Military later says up to nine civilians killed but clears troops of any wrongdoing.

March 18 - Iraqi police say U.S. soldiers ambushed on patrol in the Sunni town of Dhuluiya killed eight people, including a 13-year-old boy and his parents in their home. The 101st Airborne says troops killed seven "attacking terrorists".

April 26 - A disabled man is shot in the face in the village of Hamdania. Seven marines and a navy medic are later charged with premeditated murder, accused of planting a rifle and a shovel by body to make it appear he was placing a roadside bomb.

May 4 - 101st Airborne says troops kill two men and a woman involved in firing from house in Samarra. Police name two women and a mentally handicapped man and say they were unarmed.

May 9 - Three detainees shot dead during U.S. raid on a suspected insurgent camp at Thar Thar Lake north of Baghdad. Four soldiers later charged with premeditated murder.

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