Troops Cleared of Abuse Allegations in Ishaqi

The US Military completed its investigation into the allegations that US troops killed 11 people in Ishaqi and concluded that the allegations made against the troops were untrue:

Horrific images of Iraqi adults and children have fueled new allegations that U.S. troops killed civilians in the Iraqi town of Ishaqi. But ABC News has learned that military officials have completed their investigation and concluded that U.S. forces followed the rules of engagement.

A senior Pentagon official told ABC News the investigation concluded that the allegations of intentional killings of civilians by American forces are unfounded.

Military commanders in Iraq launched an investigation soon after the mid-March raid in the village of Ishaqi, about 50 miles north of Baghdad.

Maj. Gen. William Caldwell will make a statement about the Ishaqi allegations today in Baghdad, ABC News has learned.

With this in mind, the media need to step back, take a deep breath, and stop convicting our marines. The investigation into the deaths of Iraqi civilians in Haditha is not complete. Yes, these stories of dead women and children may make for great headlines that sell a lot of newspapers and magazines and send the ratings sky high, but they do nothing to advance the investigation or to help bring it to a conclusion any quicker. The only thing these stories do, and I believe the folks in the media realize this, is send American citizens’ morale about the war in Iraq even lower and stymie the efforts of the service men and women who are fighting valiantly to protect our freedoms and way of life.

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