Re: Ex-GI Charged in Rape of Iraqi, Killings
- From: "tiny dancer" <tinydancer357@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 4 Jul 2006 12:34:23 -0400
Seems a bit coincidental that this incident involves
*The soldiers accused in the rape and killings are from the same platoon
two soldiers whose mutilated bodies were found June 19, three days afterBaghdad.***
they were abducted by insurgents near Youssifiyah, southwest of
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Ex-GI Charged in Rape of Iraqi, Killingsan
By TIM WHITMIRE
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - A former soldier discharged because of a
``personality disorder'' was accused in federal court Monday of executing
Iraqi family so he and other troops could rape and murder a young womanthey
had been eyeing at a traffic checkpoint.to
Steven D. Green, a skinny, 21-year-old former private, was led into court
wearing baggy shorts, flip-flops and a Johnny Cash T-shirt. He spoke only
confirm his identity and stared as a federal magistrate ordered him heldpenalty.
without bond on murder and rape charges that carry a possible death
Green became the first person identified in the latest case of alleged
killings of Iraqi civilians by U.S. troops, horrific deaths discovered in
burned house near Mahmoudiya in March that military officials initiallycheckpoint.
blamed on insurgents.
According to a 10-page federal affidavit, Green and three other soldiers
from the Fort Campbell, Ky.-based 101st Airborne Division had talked about
raping the young woman, whom they first saw while working at the
On the day of the attack, the document said, Green and other soldiersdrank
alcohol and changed out of their uniforms to avoid detection before goingto
the woman's house. Green covered his face with a brown T-shirt.an
Once there, the affidavit said, Green took three members of the family -
adult male and female, and a girl estimated to be 5 years old - into aAll
bedroom, after which shots were heard from inside.
``Green came to the bedroom door and told everyone, 'I just killed them.
are dead,''' the affidavit said.platoon.
The affidavit is based on interviews conducted by the FBI and military
investigators with three unidentified soldiers assigned to Green's
Two of the soldiers said they witnessed another soldier and Green rape thehead
``After the rape, (the soldier) witnessed Green shoot the woman in the
two to three times,'' the affidavit said.The
One of the three soldiers interviewed said he was left behind to mind the
radio at the traffic checkpoint. That soldier said Green and three others
returned from the woman's house ``with blood on their clothes, which they
burned. Immediately after this, they each told (the soldier) that this is
never to be discussed again.''
An official familiar with details of the investigation in Iraq has told
Associated Press that a flammable liquid was used to burn the rapevictim's
body in an attempted cover-up.investigators
The affidavit noted that prosecutors have photos taken by Army
in Iraq of all four bodies found inside a burned house and a photo of asister
burned body of ``what appears to be a woman with blankets thrown over her
The age of the young woman was unclear. FBI documents estimated her age at
25, but a neighbor of the family said the rape victim was 14 and her
The Washington Post reported the rape victim was 15 and that her mother
worried her daughter had attracted the attention of U.S. soldiers at a
checkpoint. The mother asked a neighbor if the girl could sleep at his
The neighbor agreed, but the girl and her family were attacked the next
according to the Post. The neighbor told the Post he was one of the firsta
people to arrive at the house after the attack and found the girl dead in
corner, her hair and a pillow burned and her dress pushed up to her neck.Charlotte,
Green, who was arrested Friday in the town of Marion northwest of
is being prosecuted in federal, rather than military court because he isno
longer in the Army. According to the affidavit, his 11-month-stint endedBreasseale,
``before this incident came to light'' when he was given an honorable
discharge ``due to a personality disorder.''
The soldiers accused in the rape and killings are from the same platoon as
two soldiers whose mutilated bodies were found June 19, three days after
they were abducted by insurgents near Youssifiyah, southwest of Baghdad.
Military officials say they believe guilt over the mutilations may have
spurred a confession by one of the soldiers during a combat-stress
debriefing late last month.
No other soldier has been charged in the case, said Maj. Joseph
a U.S. military spokesman in Baghdad. However, military officials havesaid
four Army soldiers have had their weapons taken away and were beingconfined
to their base near Mahmoudiya.authorities
The mayor of Mahmoudiya, Mouayad Fadhil, said Monday that Iraqi
had started their own investigation. He said U.S. Army officers were alsoFort
seeking permission to exhume one of the bodies; the U.S. military declined
to comment on the report because the investigation is ongoing.
According to the affidavit, Green was arrested while traveling back to
Campbell after attending a funeral for one of the mutilated soldiers in
He was quoted in December by the Fort Campbell Courier about a search for
insurgents and expressed surprise at the ease of the mission.
``I was surprised by how many people weren't home, but the ones who were
there were submissive and let us look through their things,'' he said.
Court officials said Green will have a preliminary hearing and a detention
hearing on July 10 in Charlotte, and will then be brought to Louisville to
Associated Press writers Brett Barrouquere in Louisville, Mark Sherman in
Washington and Kim Gamel and Robert H. Reid in Baghdad contributed to this
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