WASHINGTON - The White House said the details of an investigation into the killings of Iraqi civilians in Haditha in November 2005 will be released to the public when the probe is completed.
Press Secretary Tony Snow said that he has been assured by the Pentagon that "all the details" will be made available. "We'll have a picture of what happened," Snow said.
Evidence uncovered in February and March reportedly contradict the claims made by Marines that Iraqi civilians died as a result of a roadside bomb, the New York Times reported Wednesday.
Citing an unnamed senior U.S. official, the Times reported that a review of the incident by Col. Gregory Watt in Baghdad has uncovered evidence that casts doubt on initial reports by Marines involved.
"There were enough inconsistencies that things didn't add up," the unnamed official said, according to the Times. The report cites death certificates that show all the Iraqi victims had been shot, many in the head and chest.
Separate investigations seek to determine whether the Nov. 19 killings in the western Iraqi city of Haditha were criminal and whether the Marines involved and their commanding officers tried to hide the truth.
The Pentagon has said little publicly. What is known is that a military convoy hit a roadside bomb, killing one Marine. The Marine Corps had initially attributed 15 civilian deaths to the bombing and a firefight with insurgents, eight of whom the Marines reported had been killed.
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Everyone has been quick to jump on the bandwagon and blame the Marines for all wrong doing. These men have not even been charged with a crime. Yet here is John Murtha talking to anyone who will listen, claiming that there is a cover-up that goes all the way to Gen. Pace, and that the men murdered civilians in cold blood. He is doing his country and the Corps a great disservice branding these men without due process, if anyone has deserved to tell there side of the story before these kind of acquisition smears them, it is certainly those who fight to protect us. It is very obvious to me and should be obvious to all that Murtha does not care about our soldiers or our war on terror. The only thing that concerns him is his own political advancement, he is a traitor in every sense of the word, we should treat and speak to him as such. I don't care if he served, that doesn't mean he is right on every subject, he has earned an opinion but that is all.