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Dead US soldier hung on public display
The Age ^ | 4/1/2003 | AFP

Posted on 03/31/2003 5:51:55 PM PST by sjersey

US Marines moved into the southern Iraqi town of Shatrah today to recover the body of a dead comrade which had been hanged in the town square, officers said.

Hundreds of troops were dispatched on the operation after intelligence reports indicated the body of a dead American, who was killed in a firefight last week, had been paraded through the streets and hanged in public.

"We would like to retrieve the body of the marine but it is not our sole purpose," said Lieutenant-Colonel Pete Owen, of the First Marine Expeditionary Force.

Military sources said another part of the operation was to arm local militias to fight against members of the ruling Baath party loyal to Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.

Shatrah is some 40 km north of Nasiriyah, where Iraqi forces have been harassing US supply lines and putting up tough resistance for more than a week.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: body; genevaconvention; illegaltactics; iraq; mistreatedprisoners; noredcross; pow; savages; shatrah; torture; warcrime; warcrimes; warlist
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1 posted on 03/31/2003 5:51:55 PM PST by sjersey
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To: sjersey
No words. Or rather, too many, and none printable.
2 posted on 03/31/2003 5:53:41 PM PST by PoisedWoman (Fed up with the liberal media)
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To: sjersey
For some reason I don't think there are going to be any war criminals left alive to prosecute when this is all said and done.
3 posted on 03/31/2003 5:54:36 PM PST by Ajnin
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To: sjersey
Wait a minute, isn't this the town where the Marines went in and the locals threw a parade?
4 posted on 03/31/2003 5:54:44 PM PST by Citizen of the Savage Nation
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To: sjersey

5 posted on 03/31/2003 5:54:57 PM PST by Spruce
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To: sjersey
I hope we hear that those responsible have been identified, captured, and executed.
6 posted on 03/31/2003 5:55:14 PM PST by Arkinsaw
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To: sjersey
Well... What rules are there? Is the DAMN U.S still fighting a PC war? I am telling you this is got to stop. Get the damn "BIG ONE" and finish this bastard off. Let nothing live in IRAQ for 50 years. I can handle that. Get the game over with .!!!-
7 posted on 03/31/2003 5:55:26 PM PST by ruready4eternity ( Muslims have perfected an new form of psychological warfare. The Palestinians were first)
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To: sjersey
I don't see how our Marines can keep from wiping out these lowlife thugs that would do this! These Iraqi troops loyal to Saddam are the lowest form of scum! Other words are not printable!

God be with this poor Marine's family and friends!
8 posted on 03/31/2003 5:55:33 PM PST by PhiKapMom (Get the US out of the UN and the UN out of the US)
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To: sjersey
Death to ALL who were responsible for this...
9 posted on 03/31/2003 5:55:42 PM PST by cavtrooper21 ("..he's not heavy, sir. He's my brother...")
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To: PoisedWoman
Put this on the list.
10 posted on 03/31/2003 5:55:48 PM PST by Howlin
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To: sjersey
I have no words to express my thoughts.
11 posted on 03/31/2003 5:56:22 PM PST by HoustonCurmudgeon (Compassionate Conservative Curmudgeon)
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To: american_boy
all islamokazis must die

they did to this brave lad in their land what they want to do to each of us in all lands

12 posted on 03/31/2003 5:57:39 PM PST by jwfiv
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To: Howlin
I am not familiar with "theage" ?
Is it a reliable source?
13 posted on 03/31/2003 5:58:57 PM PST by sarasmom
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To: sjersey
We'll extract our own measure of revenge for this atrocity.

"Military sources said another part of the operation was to arm local militias to fight against members of the ruling Baath party loyal to Iraqi President Saddam Hussein."

The Iraqi freedom fighters will be exceedingly more ruthless in their own endeavors. Payback is a b!tch.

14 posted on 03/31/2003 5:59:04 PM PST by IoCaster
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To: jwfiv
Honestly , They all want to die for ALLAH akbar- so why dont we just give them an early EXIT. Drop tha damn BIG ONE one with the MUSHROOM- and let nothing live for 50 yrs. They would gladly die for their religion so... lets help them - they wont disagree with it.
15 posted on 03/31/2003 5:59:42 PM PST by ruready4eternity ( Muslims have perfected an new form of psychological warfare. The Palestinians were first)
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To: sjersey
Oh Dear Lord....
16 posted on 03/31/2003 6:00:02 PM PST by Bradís Gramma
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To: sjersey
On the USNS Comfort, America gives Iraqi POWs care.
Do they do the same? No. They electrocuted, tortured, and murdered
American POWs.


17 posted on 03/31/2003 6:00:26 PM PST by Diogenesis (If you mess with one of us, you mess with all of us.)
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To: Diogenesis
were fighting a PC WAR PC WAR thats WHY!
18 posted on 03/31/2003 6:00:52 PM PST by ruready4eternity ( Muslims have perfected an new form of psychological warfare. The Palestinians were first)
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To: sarasmom
You know what, sarasmom, the only people I believe and trust anymore are you all.

I know that if we get it wrong, somebody will come along to correct it.

I don't know what to believe anymore.
19 posted on 03/31/2003 6:01:23 PM PST by Howlin
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To: sjersey
The Fedayeen are the equivalent of Hitler's S.S. Only when they have been completely exterminated can the Iraqi people feel confident enough to rise up.
20 posted on 03/31/2003 6:02:03 PM PST by Prince Charles
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To: sjersey
Looks like the bad guys have been listening to that prick from Columbia.
21 posted on 03/31/2003 6:03:18 PM PST by jwalsh07
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To: sjersey
US Marines enter Shatrah in search of fallen comrade

I believe this to be the update:

Mar 31, 2003

Death of captured Marine confirmed

BY REX BOWMAN
TIMES-DISPATCH STAFF WRITER

WITH THE 1ST MARINE DIVISION, IRAQ - A U.S. Marine captured and supposedly strung up in the middle of the town of Shatrah is dead, military officials in Iraq confirmed yesterday.

Officials also said initial reports were wrong: The Marine was not strung up, though his body was left in view of townsfolk.

The Marine was captured Friday during an attack on a 200-vehicle convoy that was passing through Shatrah on Route 7, on its way north.

With our troops - story archive

"What we can confirm is that some villagers tried to help him - they didn't know if he was alive or dead - and they may even have tried to get him to a hospital," said Maj. Dave Holahan, executive officer of the 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment.

"But the Republican Guard, or death squads, took him away from the villagers and dumped him on the street. They didn't string him up, as previously stated, they just dumped him in the street."

Military officials are withholding the Marine's name until his family can be notified of his death.

The Marine was part of an air-wing support squadron making its way north late at night when it was hit by rocket-propelled grenades and machine-gun fire.

The attack turned over a 7-ton truck, and when members of the convoy repelled the attack and got back on the road, they noticed the Marine was missing.

The attack is an example of the kind of war Marines are fighting as they drive toward Baghdad.

They have yet to face large units of the Iraqi army but are instead being harassed by small-scale attacks in many of the towns they pass through.

Officials said the attacks are being carried out by local militia being forced to fight by local representatives of the Republican Guard.

"The villagers are torn," Holahan said.

"They're glad we're here, but as long as the death squads are around, they can't do anything or say anything. That's why we have to stay in the south and kick some ass."

Source


22 posted on 03/31/2003 6:03:22 PM PST by Ligeia
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To: sjersey
Boy, did they piss off the wrong people.
23 posted on 03/31/2003 6:03:42 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: sjersey
If a person was going to try to think of a way to piss-off a bunch of marines;
I think this action just very well might do it.
Now, what do they think they will get from a bunch of pissed-off marines?
May god comfort the family of this brave dead soldier.
24 posted on 03/31/2003 6:04:14 PM PST by Hanging Chad (not to be confused with "Hanging Ten" or "Hanging Wallpaper"...)
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To: Howlin
Howlin there are no RULEs, the U.S is playing by the DAMN UN playbook who turned their back on us, and Iraq is getting a way with it, either way, this may be the last war the U.S gets away not going the Un way. Becuase the next nation thats gonna get whacked, that may be an all out WAR.
Get out of the UN they are destroying the U.S and thats their intent. TO play by their rules and laws.
25 posted on 03/31/2003 6:05:23 PM PST by ruready4eternity ( Muslims have perfected an new form of psychological warfare. The Palestinians were first)
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To: cavtrooper21
Religion of peace in action.
26 posted on 03/31/2003 6:05:24 PM PST by panaxanax
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To: Citizen of the Savage Nation
sure is the same town...Maybe this is why we got the parade.
We ridded the town of the animals that do this kinda stuff, to intimidate our troops as well as the townfolks.
27 posted on 03/31/2003 6:08:04 PM PST by mylife
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To: Diogenesis
"America gives Iraqi POWs care. Do they do the same? No. They electrocuted, tortured, and murdered American POWs.

That is what separates us from them. We are human. They are demons.

28 posted on 03/31/2003 6:08:59 PM PST by sweetliberty ("To have a right to do a thing is not at all the same as to be right in doing it.")
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To: sjersey
Every atrosity these sonovabitches commit, is like an admission that they are too depraved to be allowed to continue wasting oxygen by breathing.
29 posted on 03/31/2003 6:09:15 PM PST by F.J. Mitchell ( The liberal left is using weapons of mass deception.)
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To: Ajnin
that would be fine with me
30 posted on 03/31/2003 6:09:53 PM PST by tutstar
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To: sjersey
It's MINIGUN time.
31 posted on 03/31/2003 6:10:21 PM PST by 4.1O dana super trac pak
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To: Citizen of the Savage Nation
Yes it is...
32 posted on 03/31/2003 6:10:26 PM PST by Dog
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To: All

Outrageous is not a strong enough word for this dispicable act, but words fail me at the moment..
33 posted on 03/31/2003 6:10:50 PM PST by conservativeammom
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To: sjersey
Stupid is as stupid does.

Have no doubt, brothers and sisters. Our men in the field get great motivation from such as this to kill more Sand People.

34 posted on 03/31/2003 6:11:42 PM PST by don-o
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To: jwalsh07
"Looks like the bad guys have been listening to that prick from Columbia"

Speaking of lowlife "American" scum...Peter Arnett's contrition lasted all of 10 hours or so.

THIS WAR IS NOT WORKING (Arnett Already Writing in The Mirror!!!!)

35 posted on 03/31/2003 6:11:51 PM PST by sweetliberty ("To have a right to do a thing is not at all the same as to be right in doing it.")
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To: sjersey
"We would like to retrieve the body of the marine but it is not our sole purpose," said Lieutenant-Colonel Pete Owen, of the First Marine Expeditionary Force.

Our sole purpose is to locate and emasculate everyone involved.
36 posted on 03/31/2003 6:14:06 PM PST by aruanan
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To: mylife
Looks like the townsfolk tried to save the Marine....but the fedyeen took him away...
37 posted on 03/31/2003 6:14:26 PM PST by Dog
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To: ruready4eternity; All
"Howlin there are no RULEs, the U.S is playing by the DAMN UN playbook who turned their back on us, and Iraq is getting a way with it,"


So if you're saying that we should just toss out Rules of Engagement and forget not being careful to shoot ONLY the bad guys, wouldn't that make us just as horrible as the regime we're trying to liberate the people from? SOunds a little counter productive to what we're trying to accomplish over there doesn't it?
38 posted on 03/31/2003 6:15:04 PM PST by txradioguy (HOOAH! Not just a word, A way of life!)
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To: sjersey
"We would like to retrieve the body of the marine but it is not our sole purpose," said Lieutenant-Colonel Pete Owen, of the First Marine Expeditionary Force.

The other purpose should be to kill every Fedayeen thug they can get their hands on.

39 posted on 03/31/2003 6:16:01 PM PST by Polybius
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To: sjersey
Has anyone considered the fact that this may have been directly caused by the remarks of that Columbia professor? That, perhaps, Saddam thought, "A million Mogadishus? Sounds good to me!"
40 posted on 03/31/2003 6:16:16 PM PST by Kenno
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To: Howlin; sarasmom
"I don't know what to believe anymore."

Trust your instincts.
41 posted on 03/31/2003 6:16:33 PM PST by F.J. Mitchell ( The liberal left is using weapons of mass deception.)
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To: F.J. Mitchell
I'm trying.
42 posted on 03/31/2003 6:17:08 PM PST by Howlin
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To: Billthedrill
Days ago, I commented that these young boys were killing only to defend themselves and their brothers....while following orders to advance or attack an objective....

Now, they will become more "focused"....
Now, they have some blood in the soup....
Much of the killing now, will be for revenge...with no remorse or mercy.

The Jihadists have created the monster that will consume them..
They have turned these young Marines into a blooded killing machine that will bring havoc to the lives of those bastards.....

At the core, it's STILL the Corps!

Semper Fi
43 posted on 03/31/2003 6:17:24 PM PST by river rat (War works......It brings Peace... Give war a chance to destroy Jihadists...)
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To: Dog
I dont know Dog, but I can tell you this.. I these bastards used this soldier to send a message to the villagers they are playing with fire. A Fire I pray we lite!!
44 posted on 03/31/2003 6:17:27 PM PST by mylife
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To: sjersey
one word...barbarians.
45 posted on 03/31/2003 6:18:03 PM PST by mystery-ak (Saddam...your time is almost up..my hubby and son are on their way to kick your a$$ out of Baghdad!)
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To: Citizen of the Savage Nation
Wait a minute, isn't this the town where the Marines went in and the locals threw a parade?

The Fedayeen animals that hung up that Marine are the same animals that were terrorizing the locals. If someone came to liberate you from the Fedayeen, you'd throw them a parade too.

46 posted on 03/31/2003 6:18:29 PM PST by Polybius
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To: PoisedWoman
I hope the Marines who went in there didn't have an embeded reporter & cameraman with them.
47 posted on 03/31/2003 6:19:21 PM PST by max epr
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To: sweetliberty
That is what separates us from them. We are human. They are demons.

Puh-lease. That's as stupid as those who call such acts "brutal". Brutes don't engage in such acts. Humans are the sole authors of their own evil. And it's the mark of sinful humans to place the blame outside themselves.
48 posted on 03/31/2003 6:19:25 PM PST by aruanan
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To: ruready4eternity
You think THIS war is PC? Think of what it would be like if a 2nd UN resolution had been passed. We'd be doing this under the auspices of the UN, with Kofi Annan calling the shots.
49 posted on 03/31/2003 6:20:28 PM PST by Guyin4Os
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To: txradioguy
Well how much is enough? How much more are we gonna stand back and let this happen. Remember this is the biggest war ever. Not one in all history is carry some enourmous implications as this one is today. The WHole WOrld besides 49 nations or so is agaisnt the U.S This is a PC war and cant be won that way. THe way is to bomb the hellout of Saddam. Get the innocent out of the way if we can , becuase right now, everyone cant be trusted in that region. If I were a soldier right now, with all respect , My adrenelin would be pumping, id be shitting bricks, I may lose my mind and shoot all :incoming enemy" Im sorry. This cannot be won PC way. Bring out the big one, sorry u dissagree
50 posted on 03/31/2003 6:20:40 PM PST by ruready4eternity ( Muslims have perfected an new form of psychological warfare. The Palestinians were first)
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