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US soldier confessed to rape, murder of Iraqi girl

Posted by musliminsuffer on May 1, 2009

In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

US soldier confessed to rape, murder of Iraqi girl


April 29, 2009

PADUCAH, Kentucky (AFP) — US Army Sergeant Anthony Yribe had just returned from investigating the gruesome murder of an Iraqi family when another US soldier met him with a staggering confession, a jury was told Wednesday.

“He said something to the effect of, ‘I did that,'” Yribe testified during Steven Dale Green’s trial in a federal courthouse in Kentucky.

Green is accused of leading a gang of US soldiers that raped and later killed a 14-year-old Iraqi girl in March 2006 in the town of Mamudiyah, south of Baghdad. The soldiers also allegedly killing the girl’s father, mother and six-year-old sister.

Green faces the death penalty if found guilty.

Yribe, who was discharged from the army after failing to report the crime, said he did not initially believe Green’s confession.

But Green insisted on taking the blame and provided details such as where each victim had been found inside the home, and said that the girl had been raped and her body burned.

The next day Yribe said he continued questioning Green about his alleged involvement in the crimes.

“I wanted to know if he was serious or if it was just him talking. He said he was serious. He said he had done it alone,” Yribe said.

“I said, “You’re dead to me, man,” Yribe testified. “I said that he needed to get out of the army and that if he didn’t do it, that I was going to help him.”

Green was later discharged from the army due to a “personality disorder.”

Asked why he didn’t share evidence that might have led others to uncover Green’s involvement, Yribe testified, “He’s one of my brothers. I’m not going to tell on him. I’m half way protecting him and I half way didn’t believe him … I don’t know if I was just being naïve or what.”

Copyright © 2009 AFP.

:: Article nr. 53831 sent on 30-apr-2009 08:27 ECT



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