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Timeline: Investigating Balad

Charges are filed against U.S. soldiers in the case of Balad, in which the men are accused of shooting three unarmed Iraqis.

May 9, 2006: U.S. soldiers shoot and kill three Iraqi prisoners at the Muthana Chemical Complex near the volatile town of Balad, north of Baghdad.

June 19, 2006: The Army files murder charges against three soldiers of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team of the 101st Airborne Division in the Balad incident. The soldiers first reported that the three Iraqis were running away when they were shot; the investigation found that was not the case. The three soldiers also are charged with filing a false statement and making a threat. The charges say they threatened another soldier with death if he talked to investigators.

Aug. 2, 2006: Article 32 hearings begin in the cases of the three soldiers. The hearings are the military equivalent of a grand jury, in which charges are considered and evidence and witnesses reviewed. At the conclusion, a hearing officer begins to draft a report on whether the soldiers should face courts martial.

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