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Thursday, December 15, 2011

As US Ends Iraq War, A Look At Haditha Massacre

US Army soldiers salute during ceremonies marking the end of US military mission in Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday. (AP)

In Baghdad Thursday, the U.S. military officially declared an end to the war in Iraq, a war that cost more than 4,000 U.S. lives, and the lives of countless Iraqis.

But as the war ends, and all the troops come home by the end of the year, a story in The New York Times, probes one of the darkest days of the war, the massacre by U.S. Marines of two dozen Iraqis in Haditha in 2005.

Reporter Michael Schmidt discovered pages of interrogations of the Marines in a Baghdad junkyard.

As the Iraq War comes to a close, what do you think our legacy there will be? Tell us in the comments section or on our Facebook page.

Guest:

  • Michael Schmidt, reporter for the New York Times

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  • J Frog

    Next time (hopefully no time soon) when we decide it is important enough to send troops, I hope we get Congress to make it official and declare war.  I also hope we create a “war tax” that goes on everyone’s paycheck and mirrors the cost of the conflict so that, when we send troops, we all know what it costs, shares the pain and doesn’t add to our debt…..and make the “tax” continue until the troops come home.  Maybe future Presidents and Congresses will be less likely to get us into conflicts where we really don’t belong. 

  • Dgdgsdaf

    This is off topic, but those are not Army Soilders. They are USAF airmen.

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