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Sunday, July 02, 2006

Military Official: The Rape in Iraq Was Planned

Thanks again, Mr. Bush:
Investigators believe American soldiers spent nearly a week plotting an attack in which they raped an Iraqi woman, then killed her and her family in an insurgent-ridden area south of Baghdad, a U.S. military official said Saturday.

The official, speaking on condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing, said the attack appeared "totally premeditated" and that the soldiers apparently "studied" the family for about a week before carrying out the attack.

According to the official, the Sunni Arab family had just moved into a new home in the religiously mixed area about 20 miles south of Baghdad. The Americans entered the home, separated three family members from the woman, then raped her and set fire to her body, the official said. The three others were also slain. A senior Army official who also requested anonymity because the investigation is ongoing said one of the victims was a child .

U.S. officials said they knew of the deaths but thought the victims died due to sectarian violence. A local police official, Capt. Ihsan Abdul-Rahman, said Iraqi officials received a report March 13 alleging that American soldiers had killed the family in the Khasir Abyad district about 6 miles north of Mahmoudiya.

He said he did not relay that report to American forces.

The satellite channel Al-Jazeera gave wide coverage to the alleged rape-slaying, which threatens to stoke public anger in the wake of a series of other cases of U.S. troops allegedly killing and abusing Iraqi civilians.

An Iraqi human rights activist in Amman, Jordan, pointed to other abuse allegations, in the western Iraqi town of Haditha, and called for international intervention.

"What happened in Mahmoudiya and Haditha are extreme violations of human rights. We call on the international community to intervene immediately," Mohammed al-Shekhli, head of the head of the Transitional Justice Studies Center, said in an interview with the pan-Arab satellite station.


At 7/02/2006 11:17 AM, Anonymous timmy said...

"Thanks again, Mr. Bush"

Excuse me, I understand that all evil flows directly from George Bush, but shouldn't we be blaming rapists for rape?

At 7/02/2006 11:26 AM, Anonymous me said...

Funny, if the rapists were accused, you'd find some sort of excuse for them. Bush started this war based on LIES and he is to blame for the entire outcome.

Go see a few documentaries to see what he's done to tens of thousands of young men and women.

While you're at it, read this New Yorker piece about Cheney's right hand man:

At 7/02/2006 12:04 PM, Anonymous timmy said...

Sorry, but for however much Bush is to blame for "LIES" or whatever, he did not rape anyone. Not even the soldiers defense attorneys would make such a ridiculous statement.

And contrary to your stupid statement that I'd find excuses for rapists, I have no such impulse. If they are convicted I fully support the harshest sentence the court can dole out for the perpetrators of this horrible crime.

At 7/03/2006 6:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The barbarians involved in this heinous and deplorable act should be tried for the death penalty and nothing less. This was not just a rape of a 15 year old girl folks. This was PREMEDITATED MURDER of four innocent, defenseless civilians. The rape was just the icing on the cake.

Bush does not and cannot control the minds and actions of a group of barbarians. These grunts and only these grunts alone were responsible for carefully and craftily planning this vicious attack on this poor family. They are low-lives and criminals. Plain and simple.

We have people like this roaming around in our society everyday. These thugs would probably commit the same type of cowardly crime if given the opportunity back home. Unfortunately, this particular group of criminals somehow ended up in the U.S Army and were given the opportunity to wreak havoc in somebody else's backyard. The same types of incidents have occurred time and time again in every war or country that U.S troops have been involved in for the last 100 years, whether it was with President Bush at the helm or not.

I think the U.S needs to make an official apology to all the Iraqi citizens for the misbehavement of some of these American kids. Own up and fess up. No Excuses.


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