Two U.S. Soldiers Charged with Murdering Iraqi Prisoners

Another first. Two U.S. soldiers have been charged with pre-meditated murder in the deaths of three Iraqi prisoners. Very few details are being made available.

The military named the two soldiers, Sgt. Michael P. Williams and Spec. Brent W. May, but did not provide further details about the deaths. Williams also was charged with obstruction of justice and making a false official statement, the military said. "The specific events relating to these charges cannot be discussed at this time because of the Army Criminal Investigation Division's ongoing investigation," the military said in a statement.

The soliders were members the 1st Battalion , 41st Infantry Regiment, Fort Riley, Kansas.

The 1st Battalion, whose soldiers are nicknamed "hell-raisers," according to a newsletter posted on an Army Web site, spent their first few weeks in Iraq fixing their vehicles. In August, the soldiers began accompanying other units in the area to "become familiarized with the city and to hear lessons learned to help us patrol the streets," the newsletter said.

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