Sunday, July 09, 2006


Offered without comment:
Five U.S. soldiers were charged in a rape and multiple murder case that has outraged Iraqis, as documents obtained by Reuters on Sunday showed the rape victim was aged 14, and not over 20 as U.S. officials have said . . . .

Court documents described the raped daughter as an "adult female" and estimated her age as 25. U.S. military officials in Iraq say their documents have her as 20. Local officials and relatives had said she was 15 or 16.

Her identity card and a copy of her death certificate obtained by Reuters, however, show she was 14 . . . .

Abeer's sister Hadeel was aged six when she died of "several gunshot wounds".
What happens when you sow the wind?
The American soldiers accused of raping an Iraqi girl and then murdering her and her family may have provoked an insurgent revenge plot in which two of their comrades were abducted and beheaded last month, it has been claimed.

Pte Kristian Menchaca, 23, and Pte Thomas Tucker, 25, were snatched from a checkpoint near the town of Yusufiyah on June 16 in what was thought at the time to be random terrorist retaliation for the killing of the al-Qaeda leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in an American air strike two days earlier.

Now, however, residents of the neighbouring town of Mahmoudiyah have told The Sunday Telegraph that their kidnap was carried out to avenge the attack on a local girl Abeer Qassim Hamza, 15, and her family. They claim that insurgents have vowed to kidnap and kill another eight American troops to exact a 10-to-one revenge for the rape and murder of the girl.
Cynics will cluck that such occurences are an unfortunate feature of all wars -- which is, of course, one very persuasive reason why morally cretinous assholes should not, in future, be entrusted with the power to start them on nothing more than a whim.

(Photo courtesy of Zemblan patriot J.M.)

UPDATE: Boys? We need eight volunteers.

UPDATE II (via our esteemed colleague Ginger Mayerson of Hackenblog): At Respectful of Otters, the always-engaging Rivka has an enlightening post on the diagnosis of ASPD -- Anti-Social Personality Disorder -- that got accused rapist and murderer Steven Green kicked out of the army.

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