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Iraq murder charge for US marine

A US marine has been charged with murdering an unarmed detainee in Iraq, the US military said.

Sgt Ryan Weemer is the third marine to be charged in connection with the November 2004 incident, which happened during heavy fighting in Falluja.

Sgt Jermaine Nelson and Squad Leader Josť Nazario also face charges over the alleged killing of unarmed captives.

Sgt Weemer, 25, who is based at Camp Pendleton, California, has also been charged with dereliction of duty.

The charges were brought following a navy investigation after Sgt Weemer reportedly revealed details of the killing while taking a polygraph test for a Secret Service job.

Fierce fighting

He is accused of shooting an unknown man, who was being held by US forces during Operation Phantom Fury, says the BBC's Rajesh Mirchandani in California.

Map showing Falluja

If found guilty, Sgt Weemer faces life in prison.

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Added: Mar-19-2008 
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  • badMother: "
    lasrever: "
    cyclepathic: "It's about time!!! "
    no kidding

    but for every one that is prosecuted many others cover up and get away with it

    cleanse the military, police, CIA, FBI, and any other organization of all its violent criminals and those will be positive steps towards restoring our honor and world political image

    do nothing about it and those people will continue to do the damage and it will continue to have future repercussions."
    I'm not naive but that's a serious accusation based on assumption. We all pay for a huge legal machine, let the court 'b More..
    what assumption did i make? did i say "most" or "all" such people are violent criminals? no -- i said cleanse the organizations of all their violent criminals.

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  • reminds me of the movie "rules of engagement"

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  • cyclepathic: "It's about time!!! "
    no kidding

    but for every one that is prosecuted many others cover up and get away with it

    cleanse the military, police, CIA, FBI, and any other organization of all its violent criminals and those will be positive steps towards restoring our honor and world political image

    do nothing about it and those people will continue to do the damage and it will continue to have future repercussions.

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