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Monday, 27 July 2009

Shocking Record of U.S. Unit in Iraq-- Committing Murders There and Back Home

A Colorado newspaper reports a breakdown of discipline during an Army unit's deployment in Iraq had consequences there and when the soldiers came home.

Ten infantrymen from the Fort Carson-based unit have been accused of murder, attempted murder or manslaughter since returning to civilian life. The Gazette of Colorado Springs reports soldiers from the unit, now called the 4th Infantry Division's 4th Brigade Combat Team, say the breakdown in discipline in Iraq led to civilian murders there as well.

Daniel Freeman, one of the soldiers interviewed by the paper, says the troops became "mad and tired and frustrated" in Iraq. Referring to attacks on civilians, he says, "You came too close, we lit you up. You didn't stop, we ran your car over with the Bradley." Another, who tells of various atrocities, says "You didn't get blamed unless someone could be absolutely sure you did something wrong." AP