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Haditha: More Answers

There is more in the linked article, and I’m sure there will be much much more information over the coming months, but the account that Staff Sgt Frank D. Wuterich gave to his attorney pretty much supports what I imagined the events were. Does that mean the version was fabricated to be believable or that it’s the truth? Only time will tell, but until provide with proof to the contrary, I will continue to fully believe that these Marines were doing their job in the manner they’d been trained and ordered to do.

Marine Says Rules Were Followed
Sergeant Describes Hunt for Insurgents in Haditha, Denies Coverup

By Josh White
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, June 11, 2006; A01

A sergeant who led a squad of Marines during the incident in Haditha, Iraq, that left as many as 24 civilians dead said his unit did not intentionally target any civilians, followed military rules of engagement and never tried to cover up the shootings, his attorney said.

Staff Sgt. Frank D. Wuterich, 26, told his attorney that several civilians were killed Nov. 19 when his squad went after insurgents who were firing at them from inside a house. The Marine said there was no vengeful massacre, but he described a house-to-house hunt that went tragically awry in the middle of a chaotic battlefield.

"It will forever be his position that everything they did that day was following their rules of engagement and to protect the lives of Marines," said Neal A. Puckett, who represents Wuterich in the ongoing investigations into the incident. "He’s really upset that people believe that he and his Marines are even capable of intentionally killing innocent civilians."

I, too, am upset that "people believe that he and his Marines are even capable of intentionally killing innocent civilians." Perhaps it would be more transparent to say I feel  it is sad that some people find it convenient to believe it.

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June 11, 2006 - Posted by | Life and Ramblings

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