U.S. Soldier Arrested for Alleged Iraq Rape, Killings
STEVE INSKEEP, host:
And in Iraq today, the U.S. military is facing another investigation for killing civilians. This time, a former Army soldier is charged with raping a woman, and then killing her along with her family. And today, Iraq's Justice Minister is demanding that the United Nations insure punishment for what he calls a monstrous attack.
LYNN NEARY, host:
The FBI submitted an affidavit in support of its charges. And that court document makes a chilling set of allegations.
INSKEEP: The incident began on the night of March 11th. Americans were manning a checkpoint in Mahmoudiya, Iraq. And according to the allegations, Steven D. Green and another soldier discussed raping a woman.
NEARY: On March 12th, four soldiers went to her house; it was about 200 meters from their checkpoint. Some changed their clothes to avoid being recognized, one covered his face with a shirt. They left one fellow soldier behind.
INSKEEP: The FBI allegations of what happened inside the house are based on interviews with some of the participants. A suspect threw a woman to the floor. Steven Green allegedly herded the rest of the family into a bedroom. There were gunshots. And then, according to one soldier, Steven Green emerged from the bedroom to say, quote, I just killed them.
NEARY: The affidavit says two men had sex with the woman they'd thrown to the floor. Then, according to a fellow soldier, Green shot and killed the woman with an AK-47 rifle. The FBI says it has crime scene photos of three Iraqis who had been shot, and a fourth body that was burned.
INSKEEP: Now, according to the affidavit, Americans began investigating the crime last month. Soldiers described the killings in what are called combat stress debriefings.
NEARY: By the time the investigation began, Steven Green was long gone from Iraq. He had been discharged from the Army with what authorities call a personality disorder.