Two American soldiers have been charged with the premeditated murder of an Iraqi national in June. Their battalion leader has been relieved of his command.
The U.S. Army says Sgt. 1st Class Trey Corrales of San Antonio and Spc. Christopher Shore of Winder, Ga., were charged with murder earlier this week.
They're assigned to the headquarters of the 2nd Batallion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, based at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii.
The crime allegedly occurred last month in the vicinity of Kirkuk, in northern Iraq.
The Army, as is typical in such cases, would not release details about the specific nature of the charges.
Fellow soldiers reported the incident to the Army's criminal investigation division.
Lt. Col. Michael Browder, commander of the 2nd Batallion, was relieved of his command as a result of the incident, though he is not a suspect in the deaths. The two soldiers were in his unit.