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    There have been a number of abuse allegations against US troops in Iraq US soldier guilty of Iraq murder http://freedetainees.org/4315 An American military
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      There have been a number of abuse allegations against US troops in
      Iraq


      US soldier guilty of Iraq murder
      http://freedetainees.org/4315


      An American military jury has found a US army officer guilty of the
      murder of an Iraqi detainee.

      The jury in Fort Campbell, Kentucky, also convicted 1st Lt Michael
      Behenna of assaulting Ali Mansour Mohammed near Baiji, north of
      Baghdad, last May.

      Behenna had argued that he was defending himself when he fatally shot
      Mr Mohammed during an interrogation.

      He was found not guilty of the more serious offence of premeditated
      murder, the Associated Press reported.

      The defence argued that Behenna had only intended to interrogate Mr
      Mohammed about a roadside bomb which had killed two members of his
      platoon.

      Defence attorney Jack Zimmerman said Behenna was suffering from acute
      stress disorder at the time, and had acted in self defence when Mr
      Mohammed had reached for a gun.

      But US military prosecutor Capt Jason Elbert said it was clear from
      Behenna's behaviour at the time and threats he made that he had
      intended to kill the detainee.

      He said Behenna had "controlled the whole situation as an officer of
      the US Army, armed and protected and under no threat".

      Last week another US soldier, Sgt Michael Leahy Jr, was found guilty
      of the murder of four Iraqi detainees who were shot and their bodies
      dumped in a canal.

      The US has about 142,000 military personnel stationed in Iraq, but
      President Barack Obama has said that most troops will be withdrawn by
      August 2010.

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      Testimony continues in murder trial of soldier
      http://freedetainees.org/4209


      FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) - Military prosecutors continue to call
      witnesses in the trial of a Fort Campbell soldier charged with murder
      in the death of an Iraqi detainee.

      On Tuesday, an Army interrogator testified that the soldier on trial,
      1st Lt. Michael Behenna, was upset that the military decided to
      release the detainee after he was questioned several times.
      Behenna - of Edmond, Okla. - is charged with premeditated murder,
      assault and making a false statement in the May 2008 killing of Ali
      Mansour Mohammed.

      Staff Sgt. Hal Warner pleaded guilty last week to assault,
      maltreatment of a subordinate and making a false statement in the
      case. Warner agreed to testify against Behenna and was sentenced 17
      months in prison.

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