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Commander Punished as Army Probes Detainee Treatment

The Army is investigating an allegation that U.S. troops killed an Iraqi detainee when they forced him and another man to jump from a bridge into the Tigris River, and a battalion commander has been disciplined for impeding the probe, officers familiar with the investigation said. The action against Lt. Col. Nate Sassaman marked the second time in recent months that a battalion commander in the 4th Infantry Division has been disciplined in connection with mistreatment of Iraqis. Sassaman, well-known in the Army since he was a star West Point quarterback two decades ago, received a reprimand for helping subordinates mislead Army investigators as they began their inquiry, an officer familiar with the situation said. Several other soldiers received similar punishment. Full Story

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