Iraq PM Vows to Prosecute US Troops After Fatal Raid

First time Iraq has threatened prosecution against American soldiers

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 27, 2009 10:18 AM CDT

(Newser) – Iraq’s prime minister is threatening the country’s first prosecution of US troops after two Iraqis were killed yesterday morning in a US raid, the Washington Post reports. Nouri al-Maliki said the raid violated a security agreement that bans unilateral American action; the US says Iraq’s military had approved the move. The case stands to raise US-Iraqi tensions amid a surge in militant attacks.

Iraq’s government said it was holding two Iraqi military officials who’d approved the raid without getting their commanders’ go-ahead. In the incident, American troops in the early morning searched the residence of an Iraqi captain, who was not home. His wife screamed and two relatives, one armed, approached the Americans, who opened fire and hit both.

Local tribal members gather for the funeral of two people killed in a US military raid in Kut, southeast of Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, April 27, 2009.
Local tribal members gather for the funeral of two people killed in a US military raid in Kut, southeast of Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, April 27, 2009.   (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)
In this photo taken Sunday, April 19, 2009, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki gestures as he speaks at a meeting at the Iraqi Interior Ministry in Baghdad, Iraq.
In this photo taken Sunday, April 19, 2009, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki gestures as he speaks at a meeting at the Iraqi Interior Ministry in Baghdad, Iraq.   (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)
Relatives of a woman killed in a US military raid hold her photographs in front of their house in Kut, 100 miles southeast of Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, April 27, 2009.
Relatives of a woman killed in a US military raid hold her photographs in front of their house in Kut, 100 miles southeast of Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, April 27, 2009.   (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)
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