Xtra MSN NewsThe US military has begun an investigation into possible war crimes after a television pool report by NBC showed a Marine shooting dead a wounded and unarmed Iraqi in a Falluja mosque.
The Iraqi was one of five wounded left in the mosque after Marines fought their way in on Friday and Saturday. The US military has accused insurgents in Iraq of using mosques to launch attacks against American forces.
US forces, along with Iraqi government troops, launched an offensive one week ago on Falluja, and have gained overall control of the formerly rebel-held city, although scattered resistance remains.
Maj Douglas Powell, a Marine Corps spokesman at the Pentagon, said the investigation, being conducted by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, focused on "possible law of war violations" by US Marines.
The pool report by NBC correspondent Kevin Sites on Monday said the mosque had been used by insurgents to attack US forces, who stormed it and an adjacent building, killing 10 militants and wounding the five.
Sites said the wounded had been left in the mosque for others to pick up and move to the rear for treatment. No reason was given why that had not happened.
A second group of Marines entered the mosque on Saturday after reports it had been reoccupied. Footage from the embedded television crew showed the five still in the mosque, although several appeared to be already close to death, Sites said.
He said one Marine noticed one of the prisoners was still breathing.
A Marine can be heard saying on the pool footage provided to Reuters Television: "He's f**king faking he's dead. He faking he's f**king dead."
"The Marine then raises his rifle and fires into the man's head. The pictures are too graphic for us to broadcast," Sites said. No images of the shooting were shown in the footage provided to Reuters.
The report said the Marine had returned to duty after being shot in the face a day earlier.
Sites said the shot prisoner "did not appear to be armed or threatening in any way."
Powell said the investigation was ongoing and no charges had yet been brought against any of the Marines.
"As soon as the video was brought to the attention of the Marines Corps leadership by the reporter, they immediately pulled the unit off the front lines and launched an investigation," Powell said.
"They're not doing combat operations any more," he added.
What did yall think of this? Kinda sick huh, but really i dodnt think the marine had much of a choice. on the one hand, shooting an unarmed, wounded man is wrong, but the otherm who knows if hes faking, and really has c4 taped to his chest. Opinions?
yeah, it's better to kill all of the unarmed civilians, because you never know if they could be you know......... a civilian.
yeah but really, they couldnt of known 100% he was really unarmed.... Most the cunts over there are pretty crazy with their bombs n shit. Not that im defending him or anything.
So it's better to kill him in cold blood? rather then wait to see if he trys to pull out a gun? and now your saying "most" of them are terrorists?
No, i said most were crazy. And you often wont get a second chance, beofre you hit the ground, a bullet in your neck, or you find yourself blown 15 metres away, guts hanging out. they had a job to do, and that was eliminate the enemy. it is a war after all.
no, you called the iraqi's cunt, and that they were crazy and asuming all of them knew how to make bombs.
And what are you talking about second chance? what second chance, were talking about not shooting down someone in cold blood who does not have any weapons in his hands, while the marine clearly had a gun in his and and no doubt pointed at him.
I said most of the cunts over there were crazy with their bombs.
And the second chance, you dont get one if you decide to leave what appears a innocent man on the ground, when really he could be ready to rip out a L9A1 on your ass. i also said i wasnt defending him, and dont at all agree with what he did.
Mihail And what are you talking about second chance? what second chance, were talking about not shooting down someone in cold blood who does not have any weapons in his hands, while the marine clearly had a gun in his and and no doubt pointed at him.[/QUOTE] [QUOTE=http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory?id=255312]Sites reported a Marine in the same unit had been killed just a day earlier when he tended to the booby-trapped dead body of an insurgent.
Cry me a river.
:agreed . the point i tried to make in my first post.
_blitZkRiEG_I said most of the cunts over there were crazy with their bombs. And the second chance, you dont get one if you decide to leave what appears a innocent man on the ground, when really he could be ready to rip out a L9A1 on your ass. i also said i wasnt defending him, and dont at all agree with what he did.
You don't get it do you?, you don't kill civilians point blank for no reason. The man was covered, he could not have done anything as long as he was covered. And if he did go for a gun or a bomb of some sort, he would have been shot and killed. Unless american marines are so carless as not to have someone pointing a gun at him untill he was checked. And that marine who murded him was caught in this dirty act simple as that.