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Army Memo re: Judge Advocate Report on Detainee Abuses by Taskforce Ironhorse Soldiers

May 12, 2004 | OJAG | ACLU-RDI 1768
This report by the Staff Judge Advocates Office centers on allegations of detainee abuse of Iraqis in the custody of the 4th Infantry Division; Taskforce Ironhorse; FOB Packhorse detention facility. The report synopsizes twelve (12) cases of suspected detainee abuse and the judicial determination made in each case. The cases are discussed in detail with CID investigation numbers provided; the charges pending, proved or disproved; and the disposition of the soldiers and superior officers involved. Some of the cases do not allege abuse. Some detainees died in custody of natural causes or after life saving measures were performed in an effort to resuscitate the detainee and no abuse was suspected.
  • 2004-01-03, Samarra, Iraq, Death
    • On January 3, 2004, an Iraqi national, Civilian, Mr. Zaydun Ma'mun Fadhil, drowned after being thrown off a bridge into the Tigris River by solders of the 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division. A First Lieutenant gave orders to his subordinates to have Mr. Fadhil and another victim forced into a river around the Samarra area of Iraq; Mr. Fadhil could not swim and drowned. The Investigation found a cover-up by the command that included the Lieutenant Colonel in command of the Battalion being reprimanded and admonished.
  • 2004-02-28, Taal Al Jal, Iraq, Death
    •  A flex-cuffed Iraqi, Muhamad Husain Kadir, was shot and killed by PFC Edward L. Richmond.  An investigation established probable cause to believe that the killing was murder.  PFC Richmond was later convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to three years in prison.