24 April 2014

Soldier accused of killing teens in Iraq | RallyPoint.com

By Gene Johnson
Copyright: The Associated Press

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, WASH. — The two unarmed Iraqi brothers posed no threat as they herded cattle in a grove where a U.S. Army reconnaissance team was hidden one day seven years ago. But then-Staff Sgt. Michael Barbera took a knee, leveled his rifle and killed them anyway, a prosecutor said Wednesday as a preliminary hearing opened in the soldier’s case.

The first boy was shot in the back, the prosecutor, Capt. Ben Hillner, told an investigating officer considering whether Barbera should face a court martial in the March 2007 slayings. The second boy was shot in the chest as he raised his hands in the air, he said.

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