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Discussion in 'Current Affairs, News and Analysis' started by jonwilly, Jun 17, 2005.

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  1. Army Staff Sergeant Charged With Murder


    BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - A U.S. Army staff sergeant was charged with murder in connection with last week's shooting deaths of two Army officers at a base outside Baghdad, the military said Thursday.

    Staff Sgt. Alberto B. Martinez, 37, a supply specialist with the Headquarters and Headquarters Company of the 42nd Infantry Division, New York Army National Guard, was charged Wednesday in connection with the June 7 deaths of the two officers at Forward Operating Base Danger, near Tikrit - Saddam Hussein's hometown 80 miles north of Baghdad.

    The officers killed were Capt. Phillip T. Esposito, 30, of Suffern, N.Y., and 1st Lt. Louis E. Allen, 34, of Milford, Pa. Esposito was company commander and Allen served as a company operations officer.

    The soldiers were killed in what the military first believed was an ``indirect fire'' attack on the base. An indirect fire attack involves enemy artillery or mortar rounds fired from a location some distance away.

    The military initially concluded that a mortar round struck a window on the side of the building where Esposito and Allen were.

    But a criminal investigation was launched after it was determined that the ``blast pattern'' at the scene was inconsistent with a mortar attack.

    Martinez was charged with two counts of premeditated murder, said a statement by the Multinational Task Force in Iraq. Martinez currently is at a military detention facility in Kuwait.

    U.S. military officials contacted by The Associated Press in Iraq declined to comment further.

    The 42nd Infantry Division took over from the 1st Infantry Division in January and is responsible for a vast section of northern and central Iraq.

    This is at least the second incident in which a U.S. soldier has been charged with killing his comrades. In April, a sergeant in the Army's 101st Airborne Division was convicted of murder and attempted murder for a grenade and rifle attack that killed two officers and wounded 14 soldiers in Kuwait during the opening days of the Iraq invasion in 2003.

    Hasan Akbar, a 34-year-old Muslim who was sentenced to death, had told investigators he staged the attack because he was upset that American troops would kill fellow Muslims.


    06/16/05 17:57

    john
     
  2. If they were 'shooting deaths', how was there a 'blast pattern' at the scene? Whatever there was surely would be inconsistent with a mortar attack - highly inconsistent!

    smithie
     
  3. Unless they were shot with a 66.
     
  4. Grenade.
     
  5. So "Fragging" has made a comeback?
     
  6. Is SSgt. a "senior" NCO rank in the US army? I thought it was analagous with corporal or something.

    V!
     
  7. cpunk

    cpunk LE Moderator

    I love the name 'FOB Danger'. Personally I'd be happier getting sent to 'FOB Completely Safe' - better for morale! :D
     
  8. "fragging" is not normally a REMF sort of thing.

    You have to wonder about supply clerks though. It was a supply clerk who shot up the Quebec legislature with a SMG some years back.
     
  9. Staff Sergeant is a mid level NCO rank [E-6].
     
  10. Damn those Sup Specs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    But how do you spot if one of your men is just about to 'Go Medieval' ?

    *Here's my top tip*

    I always used to watch out for the Sup Spec who was sitting quietly in the corner murmouring to himself, tweaking his nipple and smearing bright red lipstick around his mouth..........


    If he wasn't doing that.......... then there was something wrong with him and he was likely to do something stupid!
     
  11. I would bet that the SSG probably had run in 's and decided to get even.
    He probably complained alot to other NCO's. But who doesnt. Maybe it could have been headed off, maybe not. I think he took the opportunity
    of the rocket attack to "get even". What he didnt account for was the room the officer's were playing chess in. It had a small window and was low - it would have had to be a very very lucky strike. A real disgrace of a soldier and a tragedy for the families of the dead officers who left behind 1 child and the other officer left behind 4.
     
  12. Not another friendly fire incident????????????

    A septic and a rifle is a dangerous combination!!!!!!
     
  13. Cpunk isn't FOB Completely Safe just in the same town as FOB Lying B#stard???

    I believe that FOB Danger is in a different town just down the road from FOB Suicide Bomber and FOB Get Your Head Chopped Off
     
  14. Can't get over the Iraqi who was going to get topped for it.
     
  15. cpunk

    cpunk LE Moderator

    True, but in terms of the appointment it equates to, more like a British sergeant, who would be an E-4 if we graded ranks in the same way that the US did.