An Army investigator has recommended the death penalty for four soldiers accused of murder during a raid in Iraq.
Lt. Col. James P. Daniel Jr. made the recommendation in report obtained Saturday by The Associated Press.
Daniel found several aggravating factors that warrant a sentence of death in the case of four soldiers accused of killing three men during the May raid in the Salahuddin province.
Staff Sgt. Raymond L. Girouard, Spc. William B. Hunsaker, Pfc. Corey R. Clagett, and Spc. Juston R. Graber, all of the Fort Campbell, Ky.- based 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, were accused in the deaths.
The soldiers have claimed they were ordered to “kill all military-age males” during a raid on an island on a canal in the province. According to statements from some of the soldiers, they were told that the target was an al-Qaida training camp.
Hunsaker told investigators that he and Clagett were attacked by the three men and shot them in self-defense. Clagett said he was hit in the face and Hunsaker claimed he was stabbed during the attack.
Somalia hasn’t had a functioning government for so long that they’re bound to be mired in conflict 365 days a year, so this is really no surprise. The Islamofascists don’t want international peace-keeping forces there. Gee, I wonder why?
MOGADISHU – Officials from Somalia’s powerful Islamic movement and weak government prepared Thursday for Arab-mediated talks aimed at easing tensions that threaten to plunge the anarchic nation into further chaos.
With the two sides deeply at odds on numerous issues, notably the proposed deployment of foreign peacekeepers to shore up the government’s limited authority, the teams headed to Sudan for a much-delayed second round of talks.
In Khartoum the Sudanese government will be hosting open-ended Arab League-mediated negotiations that are to begin with a ceremonial opening Friday and get underway in earnest Saturday.
Amid mounting concern over Somalia since the Islamists, some of whom are accused of Al Qaeda links, seized Mogadishu in June, it is hoped that the talks will restore at least a semblance of stability in the lawless Horn of Africa nation.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Vicente Fox was forced to forego the last state-of-the-nation address of his presidency Friday after leftist lawmakers stormed the stage of Congress to protest disputed July 2 elections.
It was the first time in modern Mexican history a president hasn’t given the annual address to Congress. Instead, Fox handed in a written copy of his report, and his office said he would address the nation in a televised speech later Friday.
A text of the speech Fox had planned to deliver to Congress called on Mexico to mend deep divisions that he said threatened the country’s newfound democracy.
“Whoever attacks our laws and institutions also attacks our history and Mexico,” he said, a thinly veiled reference to leftist presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.
The opposition lawmakers took over the stage in Congress, waving Mexican flags and holding placards calling Fox a traitor to democracy. They ignored demands that they return to their seats, shouting “Vote by Vote” – a rallying cry for Lopez Obrador’s bid for a full recount in the election.