Fallujah Marine Cleared (Again)

No Court-Martial for Marine,” Associated Press, 5 May 2005, http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,155540,00.html.

The Army will not Court Martial a marine who shot an insurgent who was playing oppossum. Good, because feigning injury is a war crime, and the marine put a stop to that.

A Marine corporal who was videotaped shooting an apparently injured and unarmed Iraqi in a Fallujah mosque last year will not face court-martial, the Marine Corps announced Wednesday.

A review of the evidence showed the Marine’s actions in the shooting were “consistent with the established rules of engagement and the law of armed conflict,” Maj. Gen. Richard F. Natonski (search), commanding general of the 1st Marine Division (search), said in a statement.

The corporal was not identified in the two-page statement issued by Camp Pendleton, where the division is headquartered, north of San Diego.

Based on all the evidence in the case, and the rules of engagement that were in effect at the time, it is clear the corporal could have reasonably believed that the AIF [anti-Iraq forces] shown in the videotape posed a hostile threat justifying his use of deadly force,” the statement said.

Good, because this same decision was made in February.

Why bring it up again?

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