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The last Marine involved in the Haditha killings is in Trial
CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. -- A Marine sergeant charged in the biggest criminal case against U.S. troops in the Iraq war made a series of fatal assumptions and lost control of himself when he and his squad killed 24 Iraqis, including unarmed women and children, a military prosecutor said Monday.

Maj. Nicholas Gannon made the accusations to a jury of battle-hardened Marines hearing the case against Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich more than six years after the squad committed the killings in the town of Haditha.

"The evidence will show that none of the victims were a threat," Gannon told jurors in his opening statement.

Prosecutors told the military jury of four officers and four enlisted Marines that Wuterich shot indiscriminately without taking time to identify his targets after a roadside bomb exploded and killed a Marine.

The prosecution has implicated Wuterich in the deaths of 19 of the 24 Iraqis killed that day.

Wuterich and another Marine fatally shot five men in a car near the site where the bomb went off, prosecutors said. Wuterich then ordered his squad to clear a nearby home with gunfire and grenades, telling them to shoot first and ask questions later, according to the prosecution.

After killing men, women and children inside the first home, the Marines went to a second home, where Wuterich stood at the foot of a bed in a back bedroom, spraying a woman and children with bullets, Gannon said.

The killings in Haditha on Nov. 19, 2005, are considered among the war's defining moments, further tainting America's reputation when it was already at a low point after the release of photos of prisoner abuse by U.S. soldiers at Abu Ghraib prison.

In his opening statement, Wuterich's attorney Haytham Faraj told jurors that Navy investigators, under pressure to show the Marine Corps was not covering up the massacre, brutally interrogated the other Marines in the squad for up to 14 hours and offered to drop charges against them if they testified against their squad leader.

You have a bunch of scared Marines promised immunity who are going to tell you about things that did not happen," Faraj said.

Faraj, a retired Marine, asked jurors to apply their knowledge of the Marine Corps and combat experience when judging the case.

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Gen. James F. Amos
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COMMANDANT'S READING LIST

Approved Reading Material For Marines Of 3/3 Lima, Kilo and India Companies and Weapons.

Gates of Fire
Author - Steven Pressfeild
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Story about the Battle of Thermopylae. Follows a young Hittite Spartan from the Agoge and through Spartan society until the eventual battle with Persia.  Focuses a lot on showing how a militaristic oriented society forms bonds we even still see in today's military.  This is an excellent read.  My favorite book and was on the 2007 USMC Reading list for Lance Corporals.  This book made me dive into "Historical Fiction" and read MANY books for that genre.  However, with all that I read, none ever topped Gates of Fire.
Where to buy: http://www.amazon.com/Gates-Fire-Novel-Battle-Thermopylae/dp/0553580531

White Feather.  A story about Carlos Hathcock
Author - Curtis Chandler
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Carlos Hathcock was a USMC Scout Sniper through and through.  Recorded as the USMC's deadliest sniper and recorded longest kill he earned the term "White Feather" from his enemies who feared him.  Book really shows how scout snipers are forced to operate with the nature and surroundings about them.  Gives the reader a great impression of what they must do to get that one shot.
Where to buy: http://www.amazon.com/Carlos-Hathcock-Whitefeather-Chandler/dp/1885633092


Gates of Rome - Caesar
Author - Conn Igulden
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This is book 1 of 4.  I am confident that readers after reading the first book will want to finish the great story of Caesar.  This series really breaks down the decision making process that leaders of soldiers must make.  Everything is examined and worried from how to supply enough grain, how much daylight is left to set up a adequate defense compound before resting, how many cavalry can break a flank of axeman and javelin throwers, etc.  The series does a fantastic job of explaining why Caesar is well...CAESAR!
Where to buy: http://www.amazon.com/Gates-Rome-Emperor-Book/dp/0385336608