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US Army media brief for rape and murder of 14 year old Iraqi girl and family by 101st soldiers, 2006
In March 2006 four US soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division gang raped a 14 year old Iraqi girl and murdered her and her family —including a 5 year old child. An additional soldier was involved in the cover-up.
One of the killers, Steven Green, was found guilty last Thursday (7 May 2009) in the US District Court of Paducah and is now awaiting sentencing.
The leaked Public Affairs Guidance put the 101st media team into a "passive posture" — withholding information where possible. It conceals presence of both child victims, and describes the rape victim, who had just turned 14, as "a young woman".
The US Army's Criminal Investigation Division did not begin its investigation until three and a half months after the crime.
Example extract: (abbreviations used: d-division, BN-Battalion, CDR-Commander, LTC-Lieutenant colonel, CPT-Captain, SGT-Sargent, IN-Intelligence, CO-Company, CF-Coalition Forces, CID-Criminal Investigation Division, PFC-Private First Class, FOB-Forward Operating Base, L/N-Local/National, TCP-Traffic Control Point)
- 2. BACKGROUND (NOT FOR RELEASE). 2.A. 1-502d Case. On 240030JUN06 the 1-502d BN CDR, LTC Kunk received a phone call from CPT John Goodwin, B CO, 1-502d IN BN, indicating a possible CF involvement in the deaths of four L/N at a residence vicinity TCP 2 on or about 12 March 2006. CID was notified, the platoon was brought to FOB Mahmudyah North to begin the interview process with CID. The alleged events took place in the vicinity of TCP 2 <AD> Yusifyah / Rushdi Mulla on or about 12 March 2006 between 1300 and 1500 hours. Allegedly SGT Paul CORTEZ, SPC James BARKER, PFC Steven GREEN, and PFC Jesse SPIELMAN, were playing cards and drinking alcohol. The Soldiers are alleged to have gone to the house of an Iraqi Family nearby. They then allegedly raped a young woman who lived at the residence and set her on fire. They are also thought to have murdered her family. To include a 5year-old child who lived at the house. PFC Steven Green was released from the service. He received an administrative discharge under AR 635-200 for a personality disorder. He was discharged from the Army on 12 May 06. He was arrested in the United States (Kentucky) on or about 3 July 2006 and charged by the U.S. Government with murder and rape. CID arrived at FOB Mahmudiyah North on Sunday 25 June 2006 and began their investigation. The case is still officially under investigation at this time."