Preliminary probe found evidence Haditha killings unprovoked: US officials James M Yoch Jr at 7:20 PM ET
[JURIST] A preliminary investigation [AFPS report] by the US Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] in February and March uncovered evidence that the killings of 24 Iraqi civilians [JURIST report] by US Marines in Haditha in November were without warning or provocation, US officials said Wednesday. The evidence from the probe did not square with the accounts of the Marines involved, who originally claimed that the civilians were killed by a roadside bomb detonated by a terrorist. Forensics showed that gunfire caused the civilians deaths.
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