US military investigating five soldiers for rape, murder of Iraqis at Mahmudiyah Joshua Pantesco at 12:48 PM ET
[JURIST] The US military is investigating reports that five US soldiers raped a young woman in the city of Mahmudiyah [globalsecurity.org backgrounder; also "Mahmoudiyah", "Mahmoudiya" or "Mahmudiya"] and then killed her and three family members last March, an anonymous official told AP Friday. According to another official, one of the soldiers under investigation came forward on June 22 to confess to the rape and slaying, prompting the investigation. One of the soldiers has already been discharged back to the United States, while four others are being held at a military base in Mahmudiyah.
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