US soldiers charged over Iraqi deaths

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  1. US soldiers charged over Iraqi deaths
    10.34PM, Mon Jun 19 2006

    Three US soldiers have been charged over the deaths of three male Iraqi prisoners.

    The US military said the soldiers, the most senior a non-commissioned officer, faced a series of charges including "murder, attempted murder, conspiracy, communicating a threat, and obstructing justice".

    "Three members of 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division have been charged in connection with the deaths of three male detainees," the US military said in a statement.

    The statement added that the commander of the unit involved had ordered an inquiry on the day the three men died.

    It was not clear if the deaths took place during a raid on a suspected insurgent training camp near Thar Thar Lake, southwest of Tikrit, on May 9.

    The military said at the time, more than 200 people had been detained at a former chemicals factory.

    The soldiers are in custody pending a hearing to determine whether they should face a court martial.

    The case comes as the military continues to investigate other cases of alleged abuses, including the killings of up to 24 unarmed civilians in the town of Haditha last year by US Marines.