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ISIS' New Weapon: Water

Insurgents commandeering precious commodity to strengthen position

(Newser) - Even when ISIS militants can't maintain control of Iraq's cities and villages, they have another weapon at their disposal: water. The insurgents are increasingly cutting off water to villagers, extorting local governments, and flooding homes, schools, and farms in an effort to gain the upper hand by usurping... More »

US Airstrikes Hit ISIS Near Critical Iraq Dam

Militants were trying to capture Haditha Dam

(Newser) - The US military today launched airstrikes around Haditha Dam in western Iraq, targeting Islamic State insurgents there for the first time in a move to prevent the group from capturing the vital dam. The strikes represented a broadening of the US campaign against the Islamic State militants, moving the military... More »

Gunmen Kill 25 Iraq Cops

Carefully planned convoy of killers posed as security

(Newser) - It was a morning of violence in the insurgent stronghold of Haditha in western Iraq as gunmen killed 25 police officers and injured at least three others, reports AP . The gang was dressed in military uniforms and driving in a convoy of 13 vehicles painted like they were from the... More »

No Jail Time for Marine in Iraqi Civilian Killings

Judge recommends Frank Wuterich rank be reduced to private

(Newser) - The only Marine convicted in the killing of two dozen unarmed civilians in Iraq in 2005 will not serve any jail time, reports the AP . Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich had faced up to three months in jail for dereliction of duty, a charge he pleaded guilty to this week as... More »

Marine's Plea Deal Ends Haditha Trial

Frank Wuterich pleads guilty over assault in Iraq

(Newser) - A US Marine pleaded guilty in a court martial today for his role in the infamous 2005 Haditha killings, the AP reports. Admitting to dereliction of duty, Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich faces up to 3 months confinement, loss of pay, and demotion to private. Nine counts of manslaughter were dropped... More »

Pentagon Denies Jan. 1 Iraq Pullout

Discussions with Baghdad 'are ongoing': spokesman

(Newser) - The Pentagon threw cold water on a story today that US troops are leaving Iraq by year's end, MSNBC reports. "Suggestions that a final decision has been reached about our training relationship with the Iraqi government are wrong," a Pentagon spokesman said. "Those discussions are ongoing.... More »

Good Riddance to Rep. Murtha

Late Democrat slammed for corruption, stance on Iraq

(Newser) - Right-leaning blog Uncoverage isn't shy about speaking ill of the dead when the deceased in question is Rep. John Murtha. The Pennsylvania Democrat was regularly ranked as one of Congress' most corrupt politicians and stuffed millions of dollars into pork projects for his district, including the barely used John Murtha... More »

Navy Award for Murtha Sparks Marine Furor

40K sign petition against rep who cried murder in Haditha

(Newser) - Sailors and Marines are up in arms over a Navy commendation to Rep. John Murtha, who has accused servicemen of murdering Iraqi civilians, the Navy Times reports. Outgoing Navy Secretary Donald Winter awarded Murtha the Distinguished Public Service Award earlier this month for his work on a House subcommittee. The... More »

Marine to Stand Trial for Iraq Killing Spree

Charge reduced to manslaughter; 2nd Marine indicted

(Newser) - A Marine will face court-martial for leading a bloody strike against Iraqi civilians two years ago, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. Charges filed against Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich today include voluntary manslaughter and aggravated assault, but a Marine commander dismissed the more severe charge of unpremeditated murder. Wuterich could face... More »

Two Marines to Be Tried on Haditha Charges

Judge rejects motion to dismiss case, orders court martial

(Newser) - Two US marines will face court martial on charges stemming from the November, 2005, killing of 24 civilians in Haditha, Iraq. One of them, Lt. Col. Jeffrey Chessani, is the most senior US serviceman to face court martial for actions in combat since Vietnam. Chessani is charged with dereliction of... More »

Marines May Drop Massacre Murder Charges

Negligence charge eyed for sarge who led fatal attack on 24 Iraqis

(Newser) - A Marine whose squad killed 24 Iraqi men, women and children in the so-called Haditha Massacre may not face murder charges. An investigating officer has recommended that Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich should be tried instead for negligent homicide, which carries a maximum three-year penalty. The Iraqis were killed when Marines... More »

Marines Won't Face Charges in Haditha Case

No foul play found in Iraqi civilian deaths

(Newser) - The Marine Corps dropped all charges today against two Marines tied to an alleged massacre of 24 Iraqis in 2005. Citing holes in prosecution evidence, the general reviewing the charges cleared Lance Cpl. Justin Sharratt, accused of murdering three civilians to avenge a comrade's death, and Capt. Randy Stone, charged... More »

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