AP reports (January 25th): It was the massacre which left 24 unarmed Iraqis dead and cast fresh shame on the American military, already reeling from Abu-Ghraib. But a military judge ruled that the final U.S. soldier to face charges over the notorious assault on Haditha will not be jailed.
Instead, Staff Sergeant Frank Wuterich, who led the attack, faces no more than three months in confinement after admitting the least serious of three charges – negligent dereliction of duty.
He had initially been implicated in 19 of the deaths. Among the victims were seven children and a 76-year-old man in a wheelchair.