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  • The secret to ISIS's success: Over 100 former Saddam Hussein-era officers run jihadi group's

    08/10/2015 4:21:14 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 16 replies
    AP via Daily Mail ^ | 08/08/2015 | TOM WYKE
    Once part of one of the most brutal dictator's army in the Middle East, over 100 former members of Saddam Hussein's military and intelligence officers are now part of ISIS. Now they make up the complex network of ISIS's leadership, helping to build the military strategies which have led the brutal jihadi group to their military gains in Syria and Iraq. The officers gave ISIS the organization and discipline it needed to weld together jihadi fighters drawn from across the globe, integrating terror tactics like suicide bombings with military operation
  • ISIS close to overrunning strategic Anbar town: sources

    02/15/2015 4:26:11 AM PST · by piasa · 33 replies
    Asharq al-Awsat ^ | Saturday February 14, 2015 | Manaf Al-Obaidi
    Anbar, Asharq Al-Awsat—Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) fighters have now taken control of large parts of the strategic Anbar town of Al-Baghdadi—55 miles west of the provincial capital Ramadi—amid fears that the jihadist group is seeking to overrun the nearby Ain Al-Assad airbase where US troops are training local forces. Fierce fighting between local tribal forces and ISIS broke out in the western Iraqi town over the past 48 hours, with ISIS quickly overrunning a number of Al-Baghdadi districts. ISIS simultaneously attacked the nearby Ain Al-Assad airbase. Around 25 ISIS militants carried out the attack, led by several...
  • Paying the Price for Defending Your Troops

    01/31/2015 1:47:32 PM PST · by xzins · 62 replies
    Imagine this: You take command of an Army platoon stationed near a "Taliban-influenced" village in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. The area has been described as a "hotbed of enemy activity," and unfortunately, your platoon has lost 10 percent of its men (including the former platoon leader) within the last couple months to insurgent attacks. You are familiar with intelligence that suggests motorcycles--specifically red motorcycles-- have been used in the area as enemy getaway vehicles, as well as being a vehicle of choice to implant IEDs. They are also used by suicide bombers who choose to ram themselves into groups of innocent...
  • Marine's Iraq murder conviction tossed - Hutchins, USMC Hamdania

    06/26/2013 5:40:01 PM PDT · by Saoirise · 42 replies
    San Diego union Tribune ^ | 6/26/2013 | Gretel Kovich
    A major Iraq War crimes case was upended Wednesday when the military's highest court tossed the conviction of a former Camp Pendleton Marine accused of murdering an unarmed man in Hamdaniya, Iraq in 2006. Sgt. Lawrence Hutchins III, the former squad leader of the "Pendleton 8" as supporters in San Diego called them, was convicted in 2007 and is serving an 11-year sentence in the brig at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. The military accused Hutchins of being the ringleader in a plot to capture and kill a suspected insurgent at the height of the war. When they couldn’t find...
  • SECNAV Boots Two Sergeants for Lying At Haditha Court-Martial

    04/20/2012 9:50:38 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 36 replies
    Neal Puckett ^ | 4-20-2012 | Neal Puckett
    April 20, 2012 SECNAV Boots Two Sergeants for Lying At Haditha Court-Martial Neal Puckett Navy Secretary Ray Mabus has ordered administrative separation processing of two squad members who testified against SSgt Wuterich in January and admitted lying to NCIS and on the stand about the November 2005 shooting deaths of 24 Iraqi civilians in Haditha.  During the January 2012 court-martial of the squad leader, SSgt Wuterich, Sgt’s Humberto M. Mendoza and Sanick P. Dela Cruz testified on the stand that they lied to NCIS during the investigation, the Article 32 investigations and withheld information.  Their motivation to do so was...
  • Frank Wuterich no longer in the Marine Corps (Haditha Marines)

    02/20/2012 6:21:00 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 43 replies
    North County Times ^ | 2-20-2012 | Mark Walker
    MILITARY: Frank Wuterich no longer in the Marine Corps Mark Walker February 20, 2012 [EXCERPTED] The Camp Pendleton Marine at the center of two dozen Iraqi civilian killings in 2005 has left the service. Former Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich's last day in the Marine Corps was Friday, said a base spokesman, Lt. Col. Joseph Kloppel. Wuterich pleaded guilty Jan. 23 to one count of negligent dereliction of duty for his role in the killings. That ended his high-profile court-martial at Camp Pendleton, where he was being tried on manslaughter and related charges in the deaths that took place in the...
  • MILITARY: Website of Wuterich's lawyers hacked (Haditha Marines)

    02/03/2012 5:31:07 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 77 replies · 1+ views
    North County Times ^ | 2-3-2012 | Mark Walker
    MILITARY: Website of Wuterich's lawyers hacked Mark Walker February 3, 2012 A hacker group known as Anonymous took responsibility Friday for defacing a website and stealing files and emails from attorneys who represented Camp Pendleton's Frank Wuterich in a case involving the deaths of 24 Iraqi civilians. Wuterich's lead attorney, Neal Puckett, confirmed the intrusion and apparent theft from him and his partner, Haytham Faraj. ....Snip.... Puckett said he has filed a complaint with the FBI over the hacking. The group that got into his website says it plans to release information it found about the Haditha case. Puckett said...
  • BEGINNING OUR LIVES AGAIN

    01/30/2012 9:24:12 PM PST · by Semper Fi Mom · 46 replies
    Rosemarie Wuterich | Jan. 31, 2012 | Semper Fi Mom
    The Haditha incident is finally over for our family. It has been a grueling 6+ years for all of us and time for us to start over. The decision our son made at his court martial was the right one for him and his three girls. A decision that made all of us proud. Proud of his courage, proud of his outstanding ability to take responsibility for the actions of his squad, proud of the life he has made for his girls. Although some of you may disagree with his decision, it was the best one for him and his...
  • Lessons from Haditha's Quiet Denouement

    01/30/2012 9:44:49 AM PST · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 30, 2012 | Jonathan F. Keiler
    Six years ago, in Haditha, Iraq, in the wake of a deadly insurgent attack on their convoy, a Marine quick reaction force raided several houses from which they were taking fire. At the conclusion of the action it became clear that a number of Iraqi civilians had been killed, which was duly reported up the Marine Corps chain of command. The command determined that while the deaths were unfortunate, the engaged Marines had not violated the laws of war. Then, early in 2006, a reporter from Time Magazine got wind of the incident, and all hell broke loose. An...
  • MILTARY: Marine Corps Knew It Faced Long Odds in Wuterich Prosecution (Haditha)

    01/28/2012 10:05:54 PM PST · by Lancey Howard · 39 replies · 1+ views
    North County Times ^ | January 28, 2012 | Mark Walker
    For years, the Marine Corps knew its chances of winning a homicide conviction against Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich in the slayings of two dozen Iraqi civilians were dicey. Wuterich, 31, agreed Monday to plead guilty to dereliction of duty in the 2005 incident that sparked worldwide outrage. And that outcome was all the Marine Corps was ever likely to get, the service was told more than four years ago. That opinion came from Lt. Col. Paul Ware, an experienced Marine Corps prosecutor and judge who presided as the investigative officer over hearings for Wuterich and two members of his Camp...
  • Life after Haditha...(former USMC Lance Corporal Justin Sharratt)

    01/28/2012 2:04:58 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 9 replies
    Washington(PA) Observer-Reporter ^ | 1-28-2012 | Andy McNeil
    January 28, 2012 Life after Haditha... by Andy McNeil, Staff writerFormer U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Justin Sharratt said he was relieved when Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich walked away a free man earlier this week following a six-year prosecution for a 2005 attack that killed two dozen unarmed Iraqis. "Everybody else went through hell five years ago and we all got the opportunity to move on with our lives. Frank was the one that was stuck behind, still in the military on legal hold," said Sharratt, whose family lives in Canonsburg. "I'm just happy that he has the chance to...
  • The Cloud of Haditha Lifted(Statement of SSGT Wuterich Attorneys)

    01/26/2012 12:57:05 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 32 replies · 1+ views
    Puckett & Puckett, PLLC ^ | 1-25-2012 | Haytham Faraj and Neal A. Puckett
    The Cloud of Haditha Lifted Haytham Faraj and Neal A. Puckett January 25, 2012 The last Marine charged in the deaths of 24 Iraqi’s in Haditha on November 19, 2005, begins his new life today. SSgt Frank Wuterich has finally been exonerated of all murder and manslaughter charges after prosecutors failed to produce any credible evidence of those crimes. He took responsibility for his tactical decisions, all of which were based on his Marine Corps training. He told the court he is saddened by the outcome of combat action that morning but that he did the best he could under...
  • TRIAL OF SSGT WUTERICH: NO MURDER, NO JAIL, THE END OF AN ORDEAL

    01/24/2012 7:17:07 PM PST · by RedRover · 48 replies
    Defend Our Marines ^ | January 24, 2012 | Nathaniel R. Helms
    Camp Pendleton, Calif. – The long, lonely journey of Marine Corps Staff Sergeant Frank Wuterich ended today when military judge LtCol David Jones sentenced the father of three to 90 days confinement and reduction in grade to Private (E-1), the lowest rank in the Marine Corps. However, the convening authority Lieutenant General Thomas D. Waldhauser had stipulated that Wuterich will not be confined so the incarceration order was immediately vacated. Wuterich will be reduced in rank in 14 days unless Waldhauser – the convening authority – overrules the judge’s sentence and restores Wuterich to his current rank or some other...
  • Puckett and Faraj Press Statement on Sentence of SSgt Wuterich (Trial Defense Attorneys)

    01/24/2012 5:15:41 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 31 replies
    Puckett and Faraj PLLC ^ | 1-24-2012 | Haytham Faraj, Esq. and Neal A. Puckett, Esq.
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: – January 24, 2012, 3:50PM, Camp Pendleton CA Puckett and Faraj Press Statement on Sentence of SSgt Wuterich We wish to first acknowledge the tragic loss of civilian life in Haditha on November 19, 2005, and express our condolences to the families who lost loved ones that day. The military justice system has fairly dealt with SSgt Wuterich’s case by delivering a measure of justice. Today, SSgt Wuterich stands vindicated by the very system that has held him captive for over 6 years. This case began with sadness for the loss of life and ended with rage...
  • THE TRIAL IS OVER: SSGT WUTERICH PLEADS GUILTY TO ONE COUNT OF NEGLIGENT DERELICTION OF DUTY

    01/23/2012 7:08:17 PM PST · by RedRover · 111 replies · 1+ views
    Defend Our Marines ^ | January 23, 2012 | Nathaniel R. Helms and David Allender
    Camp Pendleton, Calif. – The General Court Martial of US Marine Corps SSgt Frank D. Wuterich ended Monday morning after a plea deal was reached over the weekend. In return for a guilty plea to one count of Negligent Dereliction of Duty, the six-year ordeal of the 31-year old father of three is finally over. Negligent dereliction is a lesser included offense detailed in Article 92 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, Dereliction of Duty. Before the agreement, SSgt Wuterich was charged with “Willful Dereliction of Duty,” a much more severe offense. In return for his plea, 13 charges,...
  • The trial of the last Haditha Marine: SSgt Wuterich takes plea deal

    01/23/2012 3:05:46 PM PST · by Lakeshark · 10 replies
    Michelle Malkin ^ | 1/23/12 | Michelle Malkin
    Today, the plea deal was reached. SSgt Wuterich’s defense team at Puckett Faraj says this afternoon: Press Release, Aexandria VA January 23, 2012/12:45PM: “No one denies that the consequences of November 19, 2005 were tragic, least of all SSgt Frank Wuterich. But the fact of the matter is that he has now been totally exonerated of the homicide charges brought against him by the government and the media. For six years, he’s had his name dragged through the mud. Today, we hope, is the beginning of his redemption. He has always publicly taken responsibility for the lawful actions of his...
  • Marine accepts plea deal in Iraqi civilian deaths

    01/23/2012 11:56:54 AM PST · by SmithL · 14 replies
    AP via SFGate ^ | 1/23/11 | JULIE WATSON, Associated Press
    CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (AP) -- A Marine accused of killing unarmed Iraqi women and children pleaded guilty Monday to dereliction of duty in a deal that will mean a maximum of three months confinement and end the largest and longest-running criminal case against U.S. troops to emerge from the Iraq War. Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich of Meriden, Conn., led the Marine squad in 2005 that killed 24 Iraqis in the town of Haditha after a roadside bomb exploded near a Marine convoy, killing one Marine and wounding two others. It was a stunning and muted end to a case ....
  • TRIAL OF SSGT. WUTERICH: WEEK TWO: NO CASE EVIDENT YET

    01/21/2012 5:11:50 PM PST · by RedRover · 21 replies
    Defend Our Marines ^ | January 21, 2012 | Nathaniel R. Helms
    Motel 6, Oceanside, Calif. -- The second week of testimony ended Friday afternoon at the court-martial of SSgt Frank D. Wuterich. So far the government has not proved he unlawfully killed anyone, much less how, where, or when. What has been firmly established is that Wuterich is a great Marine infantryman greatly admired both by his squad and his superiors. The former squad leader is charged with killing an unspecified number of civilians in Iraq in 2005, assaulting others, and being derelict in his duties. Defend Our Marines didn’t report the story Friday night because the whole day of testimony...
  • SSgt Wuterich Tells His Story in Court Today (Last Haditha Marine-Trial-Day Eleven)

    01/20/2012 9:00:14 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 99 replies
    Puckett and Faraj PC ^ | 1-20-2012 | Neal Puckett and Haytham Faraj
    SSgt Wuterich Tells His Story in Court Today Neal Puckett and Haytham Faraj January 20, 2012 Scott Pelley of CBS 60 Minutes, asked just as direct and hard-hitting questions as any government prosecutor in a 2006 interview of SSgt Wuterich. Today in court the prosecution played nearly 3 hours of outtakes where Pelley attempted to get Wuterich to admit his Marines went on a rampage in Haditha Iraq. The prosecution team hoped to show that Wuterich admitted to shooting 5 military aged men and made irresponsible decisions to declare a house hostile and then prove he did it without clear...
  • SSGT WUTERICH'S CHOICE: THE TRIAL WILL GO ON

    01/20/2012 4:33:55 AM PST · by RedRover · 46 replies
    Defend Our Marines ^ | January 20, 2012 | Nathaniel R. Helms
    Camp Pendleton, Calif. -- The decision is in. Marine Corps Staff Sergeant Frank D. Wuterich is back on trial this morning to face charges of voluntary manslaughter, aggravated assault and dereliction of duty for his role in the deaths of 14 Iraqi civilians who died at Haditha, Iraq in late 2005. If convicted he could face the rest of his life in prison. The 31-year-old father of three young girls was on the verge of submitting a request for administrative separation from the Marine Corps when he suddenly changed his mind. Compelled by the certainty of his own innocence and...