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Eight US marines face Iraq murder trial

Eight US marines have been charged over the deaths of 24 Iraqi civilians in the town of Haditha last year.

Four are accused of unpremeditated murder and four others are charged with attempting to cover up the incident.

It is the biggest US criminal case to emerge from the war in Iraq in terms of Iraqis killed.

Lt Col Jeffrey R Chessani: Violation of a lawful order; dereliction

Sgt Sanick P Dela Cruz: Unpremeditated murder; false official statement

1st Lt Andrew A Grayson: Dereliction; false official statement; obstructing justice

Capt Lucas M McConnell: Dereliction

Lance Cpl Justin L Sharratt: Unpremeditated murder

Capt Randy W Stone: Violation of a lawful order; dereliction

Lance Cpl Stephen B Tatum: Unpremeditated murder; negligent homicide; assault

Staff Sgt Frank D Wuterich: Unpremeditated murder; soliciting another to commit an offence; false official statement

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