The Washington Post today publishes sickening new details about the alleged rape-murder by U.S. troops of a young Iraqi girl (she’s now reported to have been just 15) and the murder of three of her family members. Ellen Knickmeyer writes:
Janabi [a neighbor] and others knowledgeable about the incident said they believed that the attackers raped Abeer in another room. Medical officials who handled the bodies also said the girl had been raped, but they did not elaborate.
Before leaving, the attackers fatally shot the four family members — two of Abeer’s brothers had been away at school — and attempted to set Abeer’s body on fire, according to Janabi, another neighbor who spoke on condition of anonymity, the mayor of Mahmudiyah and a hospital administrator with knowledge of the case….
The case is at least the fourth American military investigation announced since March of alleged atrocities by U.S. forces in Iraq.
Although I’m sure the vast majority of U.S. troops have conducted themselves professionally, what’s coming out now is doubly horrific: atrocities such as those under investigation are inevitable in war, and this is an unnecessary war.
And how skittish are the media? The Post plays this story on page 15, on a slow news day.