Jump to content

Mahmudiyah rape and killings

Coordinates: 33°04′N 44°13′E / 33.06°N 44.22°E / 33.06; 44.22
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Mahmudiyah rape and killings
Part of the Iraq War
Mahmudiyah rape and killings is located in Iraq
Mahmudiyah rape and killings
LocationYusufiyah, Baghdad Governorate, Iraq
Coordinates33°04′N 44°13′E / 33.06°N 44.22°E / 33.06; 44.22
DateMarch 12, 2006; 18 years ago (2006-03-12)
TargetAbeer Qassim Hamza al-Janabi
Attack type
War rape
Mass murder
War crime
PerpetratorsFour U.S. Army soldiers from Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)
  • Steven Dale Green
  • James P. Barker
  • Paul E. Cortez
  • Jesse V. Spielman (as a lookout)

The Mahmudiyah rape and killings were a series of war crimes committed by five U.S. Army soldiers during the U.S. occupation of Iraq, involving the gang-rape and murder of 14-year-old Iraqi girl Abeer Qassim Hamza al-Janabi and the murder of her family on March 12, 2006. It occurred in the family's house to the southwest of Yusufiyah, a village to the west of the town of Al-Mahmudiyah, Iraq. Other members of al-Janabi's family murdered by American soldiers included her 34-year-old mother Fakhriyah Taha Muhasen, 45-year-old father Qassim Hamza Raheem, and 6-year-old sister Hadeel Qassim Hamza al-Janabi.[1] The two remaining survivors of the family, 9-year-old brother Ahmed and 11-year-old brother Mohammed, were at school during the massacre and orphaned by the event.

Five U.S. Army soldiers of the 502nd Infantry Regiment were charged with rape and murder: Specialist Paul E. Cortez (born December 1982), Specialist James P. Barker (born 1982), Private First Class Jesse V. Spielman (born 1985), Private First Class Bryan L. Howard, and Private First Class Steven Dale Green (May 2, 1985 – February 17, 2014).[2] Green was discharged from the U.S. Army for mental instability before the crimes were known by his command, whereas Cortez, Barker, and Spielman were tried by a military court martial, convicted, and sentenced to decades in prison.[2] Green was tried and convicted in a United States civilian court and sentenced to life in prison.[3] He died in 2014 from suicide.


Abeer Qassim Hamza at the age of seven

Abeer Qassim Hamza al-Janabi (Arabic: عبير قاسم حمزة الجنابي ‘Abīr Qāssim Ḥamza al-Janābī; 19 August 1991 – 12 March 2006),[4][5] lived with her mother and father (Fakhriya Taha Muhasen, 34, and Qassim Hamza Raheem, 45, respectively) and her three siblings: 6-year-old sister Hadeel, 9-year-old brother Ahmed, and 11-year-old brother Mohammed. Of modest means, Abeer's family lived in a rental one-bedroom house in the village of Yusufiyah, which lies west of the larger township of Al-Mahmudiyah, Iraq.[6]

Reportedly, before the incident Abeer had endured repeated sexual harassment from U.S. soldiers. Abeer's home was situated approximately 200 meters (220 yards) from a six-man U.S. traffic checkpoint, southwest of the village.[7][8] Soldiers were said to often watch Abeer doing her chores and tending the garden, as her home is visible from the checkpoint. A neighbour had warned Abeer's father about this behavior beforehand, but he replied that it was not a problem as she was just a young girl.[8] Abeer's brother Mohammed (who along with his younger brother was at school at the time of the murders and thus survived) recalls that the soldiers often searched the house. On one such occasion, Private First Class Steven D. Green ran his index finger down Abeer's cheek, an action which had terrified her.[9] Abeer's mother told her relatives before the murders that, whenever she caught the soldiers staring at Abeer, they would give her the thumbs-up sign, point to her daughter and say, "Very good, very good." Evidently this had concerned her and she made plans for Abeer to spend nights sleeping at her uncle's (Ahmad Qassim's) house.[9][10]

In an interview before his arrest, Steven Green told The Washington Post "I came over here because I wanted to kill people. The truth is, it wasn't all I thought it was cracked up to be. I mean, I thought killing somebody would be this life-changing experience. And then I did it, and I was like, 'All right, whatever.' I shot a guy who wouldn't stop when we were out at a traffic checkpoint and it was like nothing. Over here, killing people is like squashing an ant. I mean, you kill somebody and it's like 'All right, let's go get some pizza.'"[11]

Rape and murders


On March 12, 2006, soldiers at the checkpoint (from the 502nd Infantry Regiment) – consisting of Green, Specialist Paul E. Cortez, Specialist James P. Barker, Private First Class Jesse V. Spielman, and Private First Class Bryan L. Howard – had been playing cards, illegally drinking alcohol (whiskey mixed with an energy drink), hitting golf balls, and discussing plans to rape Abeer and "kill some Iraqis."[12] Green was very persistent about "killing some Iraqis" and kept bringing up the idea. At some point, the group decided to go to Abeer's home, after they had seen her passing by their checkpoint earlier. The four soldiers of the six-man unit responsible for the checkpoint – Barker, Cortez, Green, and Spielman – then left their posts for Abeer's home. Two men, Howard and another soldier, remained at the post. Howard had not been involved in discussions to rape and murder the family, but reportedly heard the four men talking about it and saw them leave. The sixth soldier at the checkpoint had no involvement.[citation needed]

On the day of the massacre, Abeer's father Qassim was enjoying time with his family, while his sons were at school.[13] In broad daylight, the four U.S. soldiers walked to the house, not wearing their uniforms, but wearing army-issue long underwear — reportedly to look like "ninjas"[9] — and separated 14-year-old Abeer and her family into two different rooms. Spielman was responsible for grabbing Abeer's 6-year-old sister, who was outside the house with her father, and bringing her inside the house.[14] Green then broke Abeer's mother's arms (likely resulting from a struggle that began when she heard her daughter being raped in the other room) and murdered her parents and younger sister, while two other soldiers, Cortez and Barker, raped Abeer.[15] Barker wrote that Cortez pushed Abeer to the floor, lifted her dress, and tore off her underwear while she struggled. According to Cortez, Abeer "kept squirming and trying to keep her legs closed and saying stuff in Arabic," as he and Barker took turns holding her down and raping her.[16]

Cortez testified that Abeer heard the gunshots in the room in which her parents and little sister were being held, causing her to scream and cry even more. Green then emerged from the room saying, "I just killed them, all are dead."[17] Green, who later said the crime was "awesome,"[18] then raped Abeer, afterwards shooting her in the head multiple times. After the massacre, Barker poured petrol on Abeer and the soldiers set fire to the lower part of the girl's body. Barker testified that the soldiers gave Spielman their bloodied clothes to burn and that he threw the AK-47 used to murder the family into a canal. They left to "celebrate" their crimes with a meal of chicken wings.[19]

Meanwhile, the fire from Abeer's body eventually spread to the rest of the room. The smoke alerted neighbors, who were among the first to arrive on the scene.[2] One recalled, "The poor girl, she was so beautiful. She lay there, one leg was stretched and the other bent and her dress was lifted up to her neck."[10] They ran to tell Abu Firas Janabi, Abeer's uncle, that the farmhouse was on fire and that dead bodies could be seen inside the burning building. Janabi and his wife rushed to the farmhouse and doused some of the flames to get inside. Upon witnessing the scene inside, Janabi went to a checkpoint guarded by Iraqi Army soldiers to report the crime. Abeer's 9- and 11-year-old younger brothers, Ahmed and Mohammed, returned from school later that afternoon, first going to their uncle's home, and then to their still-burning home.[6]

The Iraqi soldiers immediately went to examine the scene and thereafter went to an American checkpoint to report the incident. This checkpoint was different from the one manned by the perpetrators. After approximately an hour, some soldiers from the checkpoint went to the farmhouse. These soldiers were accompanied by Cortez who vomited more than once and had to exit the crime scene.[20][page needed]



Iraqi soldiers arrived on scene shortly after the incident. Green and his accomplices alleged that the massacre had been perpetrated by Sunni insurgents. These Iraqi soldiers conveyed this information to Abeer's uncle, who viewed the bodies. U.S. investigators concluded that Iraqi insurgents had murdered the al-Janabi family. This incorrect report was reported to military leadership, who chose not to investigate the matter any further. The murders were not widely reported on inside Iraq, since Iraq was dealing with widespread violence. Reportedly, several soldiers heard of or were told about the murders, but chose not to say anything. Anthony W. Yribe was among those who were aware; Green told him of what had happened that day, that he had killed them, and the following day gave Yribe more details.[21] In May 2006, Green was honorably discharged after he was diagnosed with antisocial personality disorder.[9][22]

Alleged 2006 retaliation


On July 10, the Mujahideen Shura Council (now a part of the Islamic State) released a graphic video showing the bodies of PFCs Thomas L. Tucker and Kristian Menchaca. This video was accompanied by a statement saying that the group carried out the killings as "revenge for our sister who was dishonored by a soldier of the same brigade."[23][24] The Washington Post reports that Charles Babineau and two other individuals from the same unit were captured and killed by militants a month after the rape.[25][26] Local Iraqi officials, and U.S. officials, denied the killing of the GIs was an act of retaliation, saying that the soldiers were killed days before the revelation leaked out that U.S. soldiers had committed the massacre in Mahmudiyah. At the time of Menchaca and Tucker's abduction on June 16, 2006, only the perpetrators and a few servicemen knew that the murders and rape had been committed by U.S. soldiers. The truth behind the crime only became known to US command on June 20, and American responsibility only became public knowledge in Iraq on July 4, days after which the video by the Mujahideen Shura Council was released.[citation needed]

The video from the Mujahideen Shura Council claimed that upon learning of the massacre, the group "kept their anger to themselves and didn't spread the news, but were determined to avenge their sister's honor". Locals may have been able to deduce the guilt of the U.S. soldiers from the nearby checkpoint, after the Americans and their Iraqi cohort unit provided the explanation, "Sunni extremists did this." A portion of locals served as auxiliary support for both for Al Qaeda in Iraq and the 1920 Revolution Brigades. Auxiliary support supplied material aid and performed a human intelligence support function. Relaying the accusation of the local MNC-I unit to the insurgents was a basic function of that support. The Sunni extremists were able to eliminate themselves as suspects and, having an already low opinion of the U.S. military, may have assumed the guilt of the 101st Airborne soldiers. A statement issued along with the video stated that, "God Almighty enabled them to capture two soldiers of the same brigade as this dirty crusader." Other militant groups also made various claims or statements announcing revenge campaigns after the killings were reported on July 4, when the U.S. investigation into the incident was announced.[27][28]

On July 4, Jaysh al-Mujahidin claimed responsibility for downing a U.S. Army AH-64 Apache "in retaliation for the child, Abir, whom U.S. soldiers raped in Al-Mahmudiyah, south of Baghdad."[29] On July 12, the Islamic Army in Iraq claimed responsibility for a suicide car bomb near the entrance to the Green Zone in Baghdad, in support of the "Abir operations" targeting the "evil den in the Green prison".[30]


Shortly after the June 16 attack, a soldier from the unit, PFC Justin Watt, spoke with a fellow soldier, Sergeant Anthony Yribe. During their conversation, Yribe told Watt about what he had heard from PFC Green about killing the al-Janabi family. Watt then approached Bryan Howard, who confirmed everything. Neither Yribe nor Howard were planning to talk to military leadership about the crime.[31]

Watt felt differently; however, he feared retaliation from his fellow soldiers. After calling his father, Rick Watt — an Army veteran — Watt decided to come forward.[31] Watt then talked to a non-commissioned officer in his platoon, Sergeant John Diem. Watt trusted Diem; he told him he knew a terrible crime had been committed and asked for his advice, knowing if he reported the crime he would be considered a traitor to his unit, and could possibly be killed by them. Diem told Watt to be cautious, but said he had a duty as an honorable soldier to report the crime to the proper authorities. The two men did not trust their chain of command to protect them if they reported a war crime. Around June 20, 2006, Watt reported the crime and informed Sgt. Diem ensuring the report could not die with him.[2][31][32] Four days later, the battalion commander, Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Kunk, went to the checkpoints where Cortez, Barker, and Spielman were assigned. Kunk questioned them about the reported incident. All of them denied any knowledge or involvement. Kunk then went to Watt's patrol base. In interviews later on, Watt recalled the incident:

Kunk had confronted Watt while he was on sentry duty, and took him to a small, dark room in a run-down building. Several soldiers, including Yribe, watched as Kunk screamed at Watt that he should charge him with filing a false report, and accused him of trying to get out of the Army. Kunk asked Watt why he would want to ruin his fellow soldiers' careers, and told him he was just repeating false information. Watt explained why he reported the incident. However, Kunk silenced him and told him to return to his post, which Watt did.

Watt then watched Kunk load up his convoy and leave. According to interviews, this was the exact scenario that Watt had feared. He had just been publicly identified as the whistleblower, then abandoned. "I can't explain to you how I felt watching that convoy drive away," Watt recalled. "I thought I was a dead man." However, Diem, who was at another checkpoint down the road, saw the convoy leaving Watt's patrol base. Diem asked Kunk if he had taken Watt with him. Kunk replied that he had not. Diem said, "You have to go back and get him. If you leave him there, they'll kill him."[2][33][34]

Green, Barker, Cortez, Spielman, Howard, and Yribe were all arrested within days of this incident. Since Green had already been discharged from the military, the FBI assumed jurisdiction over him under the Military Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Act and the U.S. Department of Justice charged him with the murders.[35][36] Green was arrested as a civilian and was tried and convicted by the United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky in Paducah, Kentucky.[37]

Steven Dale Green

Green in December 2005
Steven Dale Green after his arrest in 2006

Green was arrested in North Carolina while traveling home from Arlington, Virginia, where he had attended the funeral of a soldier. On June 30, 2006, the FBI arrested Green, who was held without bond and transferred to Louisville, Kentucky. On July 3, federal prosecutors formally charged him with raping and murdering Abeer, and with murdering her parents and younger sister. On July 10, the U.S. Army charged four other active-duty soldiers with the same crime. Yribe was charged with failing to report the attack, but not with having participated in the massacre.[38]

On July 6, 2006, Green entered a plea of not guilty through his public defenders. U.S. Magistrate Judge James Moyer set an arraignment date of August 8 in Paducah, Kentucky.[39]

On July 11, his lawyers requested a gag order. "This case has received prominent and often sensational coverage in virtually all print, electronic and internet news media in the world. … Clearly, the publicity and public passions surrounding this case present the clear and imminent danger to the fair administration of justice," said the motion.[40] Prosecutors had until July 25 to file their response to the request.[41] On August 31, a federal judge rejected the gag order. U.S. District Judge Thomas Russell said there is "no reason to believe" that Green's right to a fair trial would be in jeopardy. Furthermore, he added, "It is beyond question that the charges against Mr. Green are serious ones, and that some of the acts alleged in the complaint are considered unacceptable in our society."[42]

Opening arguments in Green's trial were heard on April 27, 2009.[43] The prosecution rested its case on May 4.[44] On May 7, 2009, Green was found guilty by the federal court in Kentucky of rape and multiple counts of murder.[3] While prosecutors sought the death penalty in this case, jurors failed to agree unanimously and the death sentence could not be imposed.[45] On September 4, Green was formally sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole.[46] That Green was spared the death penalty provoked outrage from the family's relatives, with Abeer's uncle describing the sentence as "a crime -- almost worse than the soldier's crime".[47] Green was held in the United States Penitentiary, Tucson, Arizona, and died on February 17, 2014, from complications following an attempt at suicide by hanging two days earlier.[48]



Green challenged his convictions, claiming that the Military Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Act is unconstitutional and that he should face a military trial.[49] Green lost his appeal in August 2011.[50]

James P. Barker

James P. Barker after his arrest in 2006

On November 15, 2006, Specialist Barker pleaded guilty to rape and murder as part of a plea agreement requiring him to give evidence against the other soldiers to avoid a possible death sentence. In a statement to the judge, Barker said "I hated Iraqis, your honor. They can smile at you, then shoot you in your face without even thinking about it."[51]

During his sentencing hearing, numerous fellow soldiers testified in favor of the argument that Barker could eventually be rehabilitated. They described Barker going weeks with minimal support and sleeping as he manned checkpoints. Captain William Fischbach, the lead prosecutor, said this was no excuse for Barker's actions and requested a life term without parole. "This burned-out corpse that used to be a 14-year-old girl never fired bullets or lobbed mortars," Fischbach said as he held pictures of the crime scene. "Society should not have to bear the risk of the accused among them ever again." Quivering as he spoke, Barker began weeping as he said "I want the people of Iraq to know that I did not go there to do the terrible things that I did. I do not ask anyone to forgive me today." He said the violence he had encountered in Iraq left him "angry and mean" toward Iraqis.[citation needed]

Ultimately, Barker was sentenced to 90 years in prison with the possibility of parole and must serve 10 years before being considered for parole. He was also dishonorably discharged, demoted to the rank of Private, and ordered to forfeit all of his pay and allowances.[52] Journalists reported that "he smoked a cigarette outside as a bailiff watched over him. He grinned but said nothing as reporters passed by."[53] As of 2009 he was being held in the United States Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.[54][38]

Paul E. Cortez

Cortez after his arrest in 2006

On January 22, 2007, Cortez pleaded guilty in a court martial to rape, conspiracy to rape, and four counts of murder as part of a plea deal to avoid a possible death sentence. During his sentencing hearing, his lawyers argued that he was under war-related stress. Cortez was sentenced to 100 years in prison with the possibility of parole after 10 years.[55] He was also dishonorably discharged, demoted to the rank of Private, and ordered to forfeit all of his pay and allowances. Tears rolled down his face as he apologized for his roles in the murders. "I still don't have an answer," Cortez told the judge. "I don't know why. I wish I hadn't. The lives of four innocent people were taken. I want to apologize for all of the pain and suffering I have caused the Al Janabi family."[56] As of 2024, Cortez is still incarcerated according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons website he has since been transferred outside of the federal prison system to an unknown state prison within the United States as part of an interstate compact agreement.

Jesse V. Spielman

Spielman before his arrest

On August 3, 2007, Spielman, 23, was sentenced by a court martial to 110 years in prison with the possibility of parole after 10 years. He was also dishonorably discharged, demoted to the rank of Private, and ordered to forfeit all of his pay and allowances. He was convicted of rape, conspiracy to commit rape, housebreaking with intent to rape, and four counts of felony murder. He initially pleaded guilty to conspiracy toward obstruction of justice, arson, wrongfully touching a corpse, and drinking.[57] After the verdict, Spielman's grandmother fainted, while his sister, Paige Gerlach, screamed "I hate the government. You people put him there and now, this happened." As of 2009 Spielman was being held in the United States Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.[54]

Bryan L. Howard


Howard was sentenced by a court martial under a plea agreement for conspiracy to obstruct justice and being an accessory after the fact. The court found that his involvement included hearing the others discussing the crime and lying to protect them, but not commission of the actual rape or murders.[58][59] Howard was sentenced to 27 months in prison, demoted in rank to Private, and dishonorably discharged.[54]

Anthony W. Yribe


Yribe was initially charged with obstructing the investigation, specifically, dereliction of duty and making a false statement. In exchange for his testimony against the other men, the government dropped the charges against Yribe and he was given an other than honorable discharge.[54][60][61]



Justin Watt


Watt, the whistleblower, received a medical discharge and as of 2009 was running a computer business. He says that he received death threats after coming forward;[54] however, starting in 2010, he was asked by the US Army Center for the Army Profession and Ethic (CAPE) at West Point, New York, to be interviewed and speak before Army Profession audiences about his decision to report the crimes in accordance with his moral obligation to uphold the Army Ethic. [citation needed]



Muhammed and Ahmed Qassim Hamza al-Janabi, the surviving brothers of murder victim Abeer Qassim Hamza al-Janabi, are being raised by an uncle,[2] according to testimony in the courts-martial of Cortez, Barker and Spielman.

  • The 2007 war film Redacted is loosely based upon the events at Mahmudiyah.
  • The incident and the ensuing investigations were described in the book Black Hearts by Jim Frederick, published in 2010.[20][62]
  • The play 9 Circles by Bill Cain follows Daniel Reeves, a character based on Steven D. Green, through the aftermath of Mahmudiyah and was performed in 2011 at the Bootleg Theatre in Los Angeles.[63]
  • The attacks are referenced in the 2017 episode "Fair Game" of the television series Homeland.
  • The incident was covered extensively in March 2018, in Case 78 of Casefile True Crime Podcast.[2] The podcast also released an interview with Watt on February 1, 2020.

See also



  1. ^ "Soldier: 'Death walk' drives troops 'nuts'". CNN.com. Aug 8, 2006. Archived from the original on 2012-10-18. Retrieved 2012-11-06.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Case 78: The Janabi Family". Casefile: True Crime Podcast. 17 March 2018. Archived from the original on 2018-04-14. Retrieved 14 April 2018.
  3. ^ a b "US ex-soldier guilty of Iraq rape". BBC News. 2009-05-07. Archived from the original on 2009-05-09. Retrieved 2009-05-08.
  4. ^ "Iraq girl in troops rape case just 14 - World". theage.com.au. 2006-07-11. Archived from the original on 2012-11-03. Retrieved 2012-11-06.
  5. ^ "U.S. military names soldiers charged in rape, murder probe". CNN.com. Jul 10, 2006. Archived from the original on 2012-11-06. Retrieved 2012-11-06.
  6. ^ a b "Killings Shattered Dreams of Rural Iraqi Family". Associated Press. May 23, 2009. Archived from the original on March 27, 2019. Retrieved March 23, 2019.
  7. ^ "FindLaw: U.S. v. Steven D. Green - Murder and Rape Charges against Former U.S. Army 101st Airborne Division Soldier From Ft. Campbell, Kentucky". News.findlaw.com. 2006-06-30. Archived from the original on 2012-02-04. Retrieved 2012-11-06.
  8. ^ a b Akeel Hussein; Colin Freeman (2006-07-09). "Two dead soldiers, eight more to go, vow avengers of Iraqi girl's rape". Telegraph. Archived from the original on July 18, 2006. Retrieved 2012-11-06.
  9. ^ a b c d Rawe, Julie (2006-07-09). "A Soldier's Shame". TIME. Archived from the original on 2013-08-23. Retrieved 2012-11-06.
  10. ^ a b Ewen MacAskill. "US soldier sentenced to 100 years for Iraq rape and murder". the Guardian. Archived from the original on 2016-08-20. Retrieved 2016-12-15.
  11. ^ Tilghman, Andrew (July 30, 2006). "Encountering Steven Green". The Washington Post.
  12. ^ Smith, Stephen (August 7, 2006). "Whiskey And Golf Before Rape-Murder?". CBS News. Archived from the original on 2014-03-27. Retrieved 2012-11-06.
  13. ^ Barrouquere, Brett (May 29, 2009). "Iraqi family's relatives confront killer". Sydney Morning Herald. Archived from the original on March 24, 2019. Retrieved March 23, 2019.
  14. ^ ""Black Hearts" Case Study: The Yusufiyah Crimes, Iraq, March 12, 2006". CAPE Center for the Army Profession and Ethic. Archived from the original on March 27, 2019. Retrieved March 21, 2019.
  15. ^ "Revelations about the rape and murder of an Iraqi girl show how U.S. occupation breeds war crimes". Socialist Worker. July 14, 2006. Archived from the original on March 22, 2019. Retrieved March 21, 2019.
  16. ^ Hopkins, Andrea (February 20, 2007). "Tearful soldier tells court of Iraq rape-murder". Reuters. Archived from the original on March 22, 2019. Retrieved March 21, 2019.
  17. ^ "FindLaw: U.S. v. Steven D. Green - Murder and Rape Charges against Former U.S. Army 101st Airborne Division Soldier From Ft. Campbell, Kentucky". News.findlaw.com. 2006-06-30. Archived from the original on 2012-05-03. Retrieved 2012-11-06.
  18. ^ "Ex-U.S. soldier found guilty in Iraqi rape, deaths". Reuters UK. May 8, 2009. Archived from the original on 2016-01-16. Retrieved 2016-01-04.
  19. ^ "Rape: American soldiers 'took turns'". The Age. August 9, 2006. Archived from the original on March 24, 2019. Retrieved March 23, 2019.
  20. ^ a b Frederick, Jim (2010). Black Hearts: One Platoon's Descent Into Madness in Iraq's Triangle of Death. Harmony Books. ISBN 9780230752948.
  21. ^ "Ex-sergeant: Soldier admitted Iraq crimes". NBC News. April 30, 2009.
  22. ^ Iraqi Television Treatment of Reported Rape, Killing of Iraqi Girl Iraqi television stations on July 5, 2006
  23. ^ "Beheading Desecration Video of Dead U.S. Soldiers Released on Internet by al Qaeda". The Jawa Report. 10 July 2006. Archived from the original on 28 October 2014. Retrieved 1 December 2014.
  24. ^ Mujahidin Shura Council Links US Soldiers Killing to 'Rape' of Iraqi Girl Islamic Renewal Organization website via OpenSource.gov, July 11, 2006. [dead link](subscription required)
  25. ^ Ellen Knickmeyer; Joshua Partlow (2006-07-10). "Capital Charges Filed In Rape-Slaying Case: U.S. Details Allegations Against GIs in Iraq". The Washington Post. p. A11. Archived from the original on 2012-11-08. Retrieved 2009-05-23.
  26. ^ Joshua Partlow; Saad Al-Izzi (2006-07-12). "From Baghdad Mosque, a Call to Arms". The Washington Post. p. A08. Archived from the original on 2008-10-07. Retrieved 2009-05-23. The hand-held video shows two bodies -- one decapitated, the other face down on the ground as someone steps on his head. The video was posted on an insurgent Web site, accompanied by a statement from the Mujaheddin al-Shura Council, a collection of several insurgent groups including al-Qaeda in Iraq, asserting that the soldiers were killed in retaliation for the rape and murder of an Iraqi girl and the murders of three members of her family, allegedly by U.S. soldiers from the same unit in the nearby town of Mahmudiyah.
  27. ^ Salah al-Din Brigades Vows Revenge for Al-Mahmudiyah 'Rape' Case Islamic Renewal Organization (IRO) website in Arabic via OpenSource.gov, July 10, 2006
  28. ^ Al-Mujahidin Army Responds to Alleged Rape of Iraqi Girl by US Soldiers Baghdad al-Rashid forum in Arabic via OpenSource.gov, July 10, 2006
  29. ^ Doha Al-Jazirah Satellite Channel Television in Arabic via OpenSource.gov 1412 GMT Jul 04, 06
  30. ^ Islamic Army in Iraq: Green Zone Attack 'in Support of Abir, Gaza Operations' Al-Firdaws Jihadist Forums at www.alfirdaws.org/vb on July 12, 2006
  31. ^ a b c Zoroya, Gregg (September 13, 2006). "Whistle-blower in anguish". USA Today. Archived from the original on 2012-07-23. Retrieved 2017-09-04.
  32. ^ "Ex-sergeant: Soldier admitted Iraq crimes". NBC News. 30 April 2009.
  33. ^ Hern, Chris; ez (2014-08-08). "War Crimes, Hard Choices, and Harder Consequences: Part IV". Breach Bang Clear. Retrieved 2022-09-06.
  34. ^ ""Black Hearts" Case Study: The Yusufiyah Crimes, Iraq, March 12, 2006 | Written Case Study | CAPL". capl.army.mil. Archived from the original on 2022-09-23. Retrieved 2022-09-06.
  35. ^ Federal court to try ex-soldier on Iraq charges Archived March 7, 2007, at the Wayback Machine. July 6, 2006.
  36. ^ "18 USC Chapter 212". Archived from the original on June 28, 2006.
  37. ^ Barrouquere, Brett (2009-05-07). "Ex-soldier convicted in Iraq rape, 4 slayings". Detroit Free Press. Associated Press. Archived from the original on 2009-05-11.
  38. ^ a b "FindLaw's United States Sixth Circuit case and opinions". Findlaw. Retrieved 2022-03-13.
  39. ^ "Ex-soldier pleads not guilty to rape, murder: Former Army private accused of raping woman, killing family". Archived from the original on July 18, 2006. Retrieved 2006-07-06.
  40. ^ "MOTION TO RESTRAIN PARTIES AND OTHER TRIAL PARTICIPANTS FROM MAKING EXTRAJUDICIAL STATEMENTS OF INFLAMMATORY OR PREJUDICIAL NATURE" (PDF). United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky. 2006-07-11. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-05-12. Retrieved 2009-05-23.
  41. ^ "Gag requested in Iraq rape-murder case". 2006-07-11. Archived from the original on 2006-09-22. Retrieved 2006-10-20.
  42. ^ "Judge in Rape-Murder Case Denies Gag Order". Associated Press. 2006-09-01. Archived from the original on 2007-12-05. Retrieved 2006-10-20.
  43. ^ Barrouquere, Brett (2009-04-27). "Ex-soldier trial for rape, murder in Iraq opens". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Associated Press. Retrieved 2009-05-23.
  44. ^ "Prosecution rests in trial for Iraq crimes". Associated Press. 2009-05-04. Retrieved 2009-05-23.
  45. ^ "US soldier spared death penalty". BBC News. 2009-05-21. Archived from the original on 2009-05-22. Retrieved 2009-05-21.
  46. ^ "Life for US soldier's Iraq crimes". BBC News. 2009-09-04. Archived from the original on 2009-09-05. Retrieved 2009-09-04.
  47. ^ "Iraqi relatives decry life for U.S. rape soldier". Reuters. May 22, 2009. Archived from the original on 2016-01-16. Retrieved 2016-01-04.
  48. ^ Almasy, Steve. "Former soldier at center of murder of Iraqi family dies after suicide attempt" Archived 2014-02-19 at the Wayback Machine. CNN. February 18, 2014; retrieved February 19, 2014.
  49. ^ "Ex-soldier appealing sentences in Iraq deaths". Wdtn.com. Archived from the original on 2012-10-21. Retrieved 2012-11-06.
  50. ^ "AFP: Ex-US soldier loses appeal of Iraq rape, murders". 2011-08-16. Archived from the original on January 24, 2013. Retrieved 2012-11-06.
  51. ^ "Iraqis". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 2006-11-16. p. 4. Retrieved 2022-03-13.
  52. ^ "Iraq rape soldier given life sentence". London: Guardian Unlimited. 2006-11-17. Archived from the original on 2014-04-29. Retrieved 2014-04-28.
  53. ^ "Iraq rape soldier given life sentence". Associated Press/USA Today. 2006-11-16. Retrieved 2011-12-12.
  54. ^ a b c d e "Where are they now?". Louisville Courier Journal. 2009-04-13. Archived from the original on 2013-01-02. Retrieved 2009-07-09.
  55. ^ Nagi, Milon (2007-02-23). "100-Year Sentence for Second Soldier Convicted of Rape and Murder". Women’s Media Center. Archived from the original on 2023-05-19. Retrieved 2023-05-19.
  56. ^ Hall, Tim (2007-02-25). "US soldier jailed for 100 years for rape". London: Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2008-03-11.[dead link]
  57. ^ Lenz, Ryan (2007-08-04). "110-Year Sentence in Iraq Rape-Killing". ABC News. Archived from the original on November 21, 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-04.
  58. ^ Horswell, Cindy (2007-03-22). "Huffman soldier sentenced in Iraq atrocities". Houston Chronicle. Archived from the original on 2017-08-28. Retrieved 2008-05-27.
  59. ^ "US prosecutors seek death penalty in Iraq murders". Reuters. 2007-07-03. Archived from the original on 2008-07-25. Retrieved 2008-05-27.
  60. ^ Von Zielbauer, Paul (2006-11-15). "Soldier to Plead Guilty in Iraq Rape and Killings". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 2016-01-16. Retrieved 2010-05-12.
  61. ^ "Soldier testifies another soldier admitted to attack on family". International Herald-Tribune. Associated Press. July 31, 2007. Archived from the original on August 4, 2007.
  62. ^ Joshua Hammer (12 March 2010). "Death Squad". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 2010-03-31. Retrieved 2012-11-06.
  63. ^ "Theater review: '9 Circles' at Bootleg Theater". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on 2014-05-06. Retrieved 2014-02-20.