US soldier jailed for Iraq deaths

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US soldier jailed for Iraq deaths

The incident occurred in May during a raid on a suspected fighters' camp near Thar Thar lake [EPA]

A US staff sergeant has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after a court-martial found him guilty of killing three Iraqi detainees who were freed and told to run before being shot.

Raymond Girouard, 24, had been charged with premeditated murder and other offences that could have drawn a life sentence.
He was acquitted of those charges on Friday and found guilty of three counts of negligent homicide as well as obstruction of justice and other charges.

Monday's sentence is subject to review by the commanding general at the post, a spokesman at Fort Campbell in Kentucky said.
He added that Girouard could be paroled after serving about a third of the sentence.

Girouard was leading a squad in May 2006 during a raid on a suspected fighters' camp near Thar Thar lake, southwest of Tikrit, when the incident happened.

He was the last and most senior soldier from the 101st Airborne Division to be tried for the killings.

Three other soldiers under Girouard's command who were also charged with the deaths made plea agreements and were sentenced earlier.

Specialist William Hunsaker and Private First Class Corey Clagett were sentenced to 18 years in military prison. The third got nine months in jail.

Court testimony

Hunsaker testified on Wednesday that Girouard ordered him to kill three Iraqi detainees, then cut him with a knife to make it look as if there had been a struggle.


"They're going to cut the ties, tell them to run, shoot them," Hunsaker quoted Girouard as saying.

Girouard had said he was under orders to kill all men of military age but denied ordering the slayings.

Anita Gorecki, Girouard's lawyer, said that the sergeant never ordered his soldiers to shoot the detainees, but that he did help cover up the killings.

She said: "He realised they killed the detainees, and in that moment, yes, he decided to help his squad members."

The soldiers had previously told investigators they were given rules of engagement by Colonel Michael Steele, the 3rd Brigade commander, to kill all military-age men.

Steele has denied this but invoked his right not to testify.

During an August hearing in Iraq that led to the charges, a witness testified he saw the prisoners trying to run away at full sprint, some with their blindfolds down, when they were shot.

The case is one of a series from the Iraq war in which US military personnel are accused of crimes against Iraqi civilians.



http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/2A10767C-A931-4795-B800-1358C4021CFF.htm


http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/76B1AFE6-2134-4BA1-A261-C3CA9E644004.htm


http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/8A292120-38E1-4E9D-854F-228106A10F97.htm


http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/8CF7E824-BD2C-4DE7-BE45-70E247C66A30.htm
 

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US soldier jailed for Iraq deaths

The incident occurred in May during a raid on a suspected fighters' camp near Thar Thar lake [EPA]

A US staff sergeant has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after a court-martial found him guilty of killing three Iraqi detainees who were freed and told to run before being shot.

Raymond Girouard, 24, had been charged with premeditated murder and other offences that could have drawn a life sentence.
He was acquitted of those charges on Friday and found guilty of three counts of negligent homicide as well as obstruction of justice and other charges.

Monday's sentence is subject to review by the commanding general at the post, a spokesman at Fort Campbell in Kentucky said.
He added that Girouard could be paroled after serving about a third of the sentence.

Girouard was leading a squad in May 2006 during a raid on a suspected fighters' camp near Thar Thar lake, southwest of Tikrit, when the incident happened.

He was the last and most senior soldier from the 101st Airborne Division to be tried for the killings.

Three other soldiers under Girouard's command who were also charged with the deaths made plea agreements and were sentenced earlier.

Specialist William Hunsaker and Private First Class Corey Clagett were sentenced to 18 years in military prison. The third got nine months in jail.

Court testimony

Hunsaker testified on Wednesday that Girouard ordered him to kill three Iraqi detainees, then cut him with a knife to make it look as if there had been a struggle.


"They're going to cut the ties, tell them to run, shoot them," Hunsaker quoted Girouard as saying.

Girouard had said he was under orders to kill all men of military age but denied ordering the slayings.

Anita Gorecki, Girouard's lawyer, said that the sergeant never ordered his soldiers to shoot the detainees, but that he did help cover up the killings.

She said: "He realised they killed the detainees, and in that moment, yes, he decided to help his squad members."

The soldiers had previously told investigators they were given rules of engagement by Colonel Michael Steele, the 3rd Brigade commander, to kill all military-age men.

Steele has denied this but invoked his right not to testify.

During an August hearing in Iraq that led to the charges, a witness testified he saw the prisoners trying to run away at full sprint, some with their blindfolds down, when they were shot.

The case is one of a series from the Iraq war in which US military personnel are accused of crimes against Iraqi civilians.



http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/2A10767C-A931-4795-B800-1358C4021CFF.htm


http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/76B1AFE6-2134-4BA1-A261-C3CA9E644004.htm


http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/8A292120-38E1-4E9D-854F-228106A10F97.htm


http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/8CF7E824-BD2C-4DE7-BE45-70E247C66A30.htm

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Anyone recognize the Colonel's name? Col. Michael Steele!!! Anyone familiar with Somalia and a very famous incident there should recognize the name.

That guy must be living under a permanent dark cloud!
 

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Anyone recognize the Colonel's name? Col. Michael Steele!!! Anyone familiar with Somalia and a very famous incident there should recognize the name.

That guy must be living under a permanent dark cloud!
the cloud obviously lifted long enough for him to make full colonel
 

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the cloud obviously lifted long enough for him to make full colonel
Make no mistake, I am not criticizing Col Steele at all. I am simply saying that his command time has been plagued by what some would consider pure bad luck. I worked with (then) Major Steele. He is a real hard charger and really cares about his men.

Or are you impling something else?
 

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Make no mistake, I am not criticizing Col Steele at all. I am simply saying that his command time has been plagued by what some would consider pure bad luck. I worked with (then) Major Steele. He is a real hard charger and really cares about his men.

Or are you impling something else?
absolutely nothing else...I never served with the man.... I only commented that the black cloud did not prevent him from being promoted....and if he really cared for his men and knew his job as you say, good for him.

And when did I get off "ignore"?
 

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And when did I get off "ignore"?
When you had a fairly reasonable conversation with Gunny...it even mostly stayed civil even. Mind you, I am not saying I agree (or disagree, for that matter) with the opinions expressed by either you or Gunny about the strategies regarding Iraq.
 

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When you had a fairly reasonable conversation with Gunny...it even mostly stayed civil even. Mind you, I am not saying I agree (or disagree, for that matter) with the opinions expressed by either you or Gunny about the strategies regarding Iraq.
how would you have had any idea about the tenor of my conversation with Gunny if you had me on ignore in the first place? ;)
 

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how would you have had any idea about the tenor of my conversation with Gunny if you had me on ignore in the first place? ;)
When someone is on ignore and another poster quotes that person (the one being ignored...the "ignoree), you (the ignorer) can see it. Obviously you dont have a lot of folks on ignore!
 

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When someone is on ignore and another poster quotes that person (the one being ignored...the "ignoree), you (the ignorer) can see it. Obviously you dont have a lot of folks on ignore!

just two....and I will admit that I took them off of ignore for a while, only to realize what a mistake that had been.

you, by the way, were never one of them.
 

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just two....and I will admit that I took them off of ignore for a while, only to realize what a mistake that had been.

you, by the way, were never one of them.
Sometimes I get in a snit...so sue me!
 

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The funny thing is, I have more supposed "conservatives" on ignore than I do supposed "liberals".
I think that is perfectly consistent with my previous assessment.
 

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Just cause were being nice at the moment doesn't mean we're gonna take long warm showers together!
sailors of my generation NEVER take long showers..... the fresh water is needed for the boilers!
 

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That's why you guys smell funny.
just because they weren't long, doesn't mean they weren't effective...

we probably smell like all those foreign babes who flocked to meet us whenever we pulled into port.....

good times.... good times
 

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