Marines investigated in eight POW deaths

Published July 5, 2007

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - U.S. Naval Criminal Investigative Service agents are investigating allegations that a Marine company killed as many as eight unarmed Iraqi prisoners of war during the battle of Fallujah in November 2004, said civilian and military sources.

The investigation in-volves the same company, Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Regiment, that is at the center of the largest allegation of atrocities by U.S. troops in Iraq: the alleged wrongful killing of 24 civilians in Haditha in 2005.

Three enlisted Marines face murder charges in that case, and four officers are accused of failing to investigate the killings.

There is no overlap of the individual Marines accused in the two cases. NCIS officials declined to provide details beyond confirming that they are investigating "credible allegations of wrongdoing."

U.S. soldiers killed

Two U.S. soldiers were killed in Iraq on Wednesday. One died in Nineveh province in northwestern Iraq when his helicopter was shot down. A second soldier was injured in the incident. In southern Baghdad, another soldier was killed, the military announced, bringing to at least 3, 588 the number of U.S. troops killed in Iraq since the U.S. invasion of March 2003.