Sunday, August 06, 2006


Forty years from now, what will we be finding out about Iraq and Afghanastan war crimes?

By Nick Turse and Deborah Nelson
Originally published August 6, 2006

The men of B Company were in a dangerous state of mind. They had lost five men in a firefight the day before. The morning of Feb. 8, 1968, brought unwelcome orders to resume their sweep of the countryside, a green patchwork of rice paddies along Vietnam's central coast.

They met no resistance as they entered a nondescript settlement in Quang Nam province. So Jamie Henry, a 20-year-old medic, set his rifle down in a hut and lit a cigarette.

Just then, the voice of a lieutenant crackled across the radio. He said he had rounded up 19 civilians and wanted to know what to do with them. Henry recalled the company commander's response: Kill anything that moves.

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