U.S. Soldier Arrested for Alleged Iraq Rape, Killings

A joint investigation by the FBI and the U.S. military has led to a former Army soldier being accused of rape and four counts of murder in Iraq. At least three other U.S. soldiers still in Iraq are under investigation in the March 12 rape and killings in Mahmoudiya, south of Baghdad.

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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.

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