Near Samarra, Third Brigade Combat Team of the 101st Airborne Division Slaughters Defenceless Iraqi P.O.W.

The Israelis and Americans seem to waging war against Islam with the same playbook: Invasion, extermination of civilians, mass relocations of civilian populations, destruction of cities from Falluja to Beirut and the killings, despite the Geneva Convention, of non-resistant, P.O.W. These barbarians in uniform are a disgrace to the laws of war and the notion of waging war with honour. Of course war itself is terrorism and the use of force against humans is a despicable, loathsome exercise that unfortunately characterises America and its willing acolyte of Israel.

For more than a month after the killings, Sgt. Lemuel Lemus stuck to his story.

“Proper escalation of force was used,” he told an investigator, describing how members of his unit shot and killed three Iraqi prisoners who had lashed out at their captors and tried to escape after a raid northwest of Baghdad on May 9.

Then, on June 15, Sergeant Lemus offered a new and much darker account.

In a lengthy sworn statement, he said he had witnessed a deliberate plot by his fellow soldiers to kill the three handcuffed Iraqis and a cover-up in which one soldier cut another to bolster their story. The squad leader threatened to kill anyone who talked. Later, one guilt-stricken soldier complained of nightmares and “couldn’t stop talking” about what happened, Sergeant Lemus said.

As with similar cases being investigated in Iraq, Sergeant Lemus’s narrative has raised questions about the rules under which American troops operate and the possible culpability of commanders. Four soldiers have been charged with premeditated murder in the case.  Read more at link above.

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