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GI Says He Shot Iraqi Civilian in Defense

A soldier charged with murdering an Iraqi civilian said he shot in defense of another soldier and he was not aware that the man was handcuffed and unarmed at the time. “It was a reaction,” Pfc. Edward L. Richmond Jr. told The Honolulu Advertiser in a telephone interview from Kirkuk. “I fired in self-defense of another soldier, in which deadly force is authorized.” Richmond, 20, of Gonzales, La., is accused of shooting Muhamad Husain Kadir on Feb. 28 during a roundup of suspected terrorists in al-Hawijah, a city southeast of Kirkuk.Full Story

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