Archive for Saturday, August 22, 2009

4 U.S. troops charged with cruelty

August 22, 2009


— Four American soldiers in Iraq have been charged with cruelty and maltreatment of soldiers in their platoon, the U.S. military said Friday.

The four Multi-National Division-South soldiers are accused of abusing male soldiers with excessive physical fitness, said Lt. Col. Kevin Olson, a military spokesman.

In a statement, the military identified the men as Sgt. Enoch Chatman, Staff Sgt. Bob Clements, Sgt. Jarrett Taylor and Spc. Daniel Weber of B Troop, 2nd Squadron, 13th Calvary Regiment from Fort Bliss, Texas. The military did not provide their ages.

CNN reported that the men were charged with mistreating four subordinates after a suicide investigation brought to light alleged wrongdoing, according to the military.

There was no confirmed evidence that the suicide of a fifth subordinate in the unit was a result of any mistreatment, Lt. Col. Kevin Olson, a spokesman for Multi-National Division-South, told CNN. But he said the military is looking into that possibility.


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