US ex-Marine about killing Afghan civilians


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From the New York Times in the USA:

Afghan Civilians Were Killed Needlessly, Ex-Marine Testifies

By PAUL von ZIELBAUER

Published: January 9, 2008

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — A former member of an elite Marine combat unit that operated last year in eastern Afghanistan testified Tuesday that his comrades appeared to have needlessly killed civilians after their convoy was attacked by a suicide car bomb.

Nathaniel Travers, a former Marine intelligence sergeant assigned to the 30-man Special Operations convoy that was patrolling on March 4 last year, testified in a military court here that a few marines fired at civilians and other unarmed noncombatants after the suicide bomber struck.

No marines have been charged with a crime in the episode. The hearing was held to determine whether troops had violated the laws of war.

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  1. Pregnant Marine Missing, Was Set To Testify
    CBS News Interactive: Military 101

    CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (AP) ― A 20-year-old pregnant Marine who was expected to testify about something she witnessed on base has been missing since mid-December, authorities said.

    The Marine Corps said Wednesday it is cooperating fully with the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office in the disappearance of Lance Corporal Maria Lauterbach, who is about eight months pregnant.

    The sheriff’s office has said Lauterbach’s mother reported that her daughter was supposed to testify about an on-base incident.

    “There are several findings and pieces of evidence that have been discovered that cause law enforcement to be concerned with the circumstances surrounding Maria’s disappearance,” the sheriff’s department said in a statement.

    Sheriff’s investigators did not return calls seeking additional comment Wednesday, and it was not clear what Lauterbach was expected to say in testimony.

    The State Bureau of Investigation also is working on the case. Marine Corps and U.S. Navy investigators are cooperating with the investigation, said First Lt. Richard Ulsh, a public affairs officer with the 2nd Marine Logistics Group.

    Authorities say Lauterbach, originally from Dayton, Ohio, was reported missing Dec. 19 by her mother, who last spoke with her daughter on Dec. 13. Her cell phone was found Dec. 20 near the main gate at Camp Lejeune.

    Lauterbach is assigned to the 2nd Marine Logistics Group of the II Marine Expeditionary Force. Camp Lejeune officials said she joined the Marine Corps in June 2006 and was trained as a personnel clerk.

    (© 2008 The Associated Press

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  2. Afghan doctor: most patients hit by bullets after Marine shooting
    Camp Lejeune, NC, 01.24.2008
    ASSOCIATED PRESS

    An emergency room doctor has told a military investigative panel that up to 18 patients came to his hospital in Afghanistan, most with bullet wounds, after a Marine shooting.

    Doctor Fazel Rahim Shagwali of the Jalalabad Public Health Hospital testified Thursday by video link during the Court of Inquiry at Camp Lejeune. The rarely used administrative hearing is investigating the March 4 shootings, which killed as many as 19 people.

    The Marine special operations company involved in the incident said the bombing initiated a well-planned ambush, but an Afghan human rights organization said the Marines fired indiscriminately at civilians.

    Shagwali said most of his patients had entrance and exit wounds consistent with bullets. He said he didn’t know if any of the wounds were from a fragments from a car bombing.

    (Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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