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The War Profiteers - Top Marine Officer Charged in Haditha Killings is Forced into Retirement

The War Profiteers - Top Marine Officer Charged in Haditha Killings is Forced into Retirement: "Lt. Col. Jeffrey Chessani, the highest-ranking of the eight Camp Pendleton Marines charged in the 2005 killings of 24 civilians in Haditha, Iraq, has been forced into retirement, his lawyers said Monday.



Chessani's last day on active duty was Friday, according to the Ann Arbor, Mich.-based Thomas More Law Center, which called the occasion 'a sad day for America and the Marine Corps.'



In June, the secretary of the Navy upheld a ruling by a Board of Inquiry at Camp Pendleton that found Chessani was not guilty of misconduct but had shown 'substandard' performance and should be required to retire.



The Board of Inquiry was convened after a military appeals court upheld the trial judge's ruling to dismiss criminal charges against Chessani because of the appearance of 'undue command influence' in the case.



Chessani was commander of the 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Reg…

Iraqi tennis player aims to be Venus in wheelchair | Antiwar Newswire

Iraqi tennis player aims to be Venus in wheelchair | Antiwar Newswire: "Even the rocket that blew off her legs four years ago hasn't dampened her desire to play the game. It's just that she now does so in a wheelchair.

Alwan is among a growing number of young Iraqis who have turned to competitive sports to learn to live with the physical scars and emotional trauma of the 2003 U.S.-led invasion and sectarian bloodshed it unleashed. It's not easy in a country still suffering from daily violence, and limited help for handicapped people. Alwan and others like her are determined to persevere.

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