Haditha Update: Investigating Officer’s Report ICO LCpl Justin L. Sharratt

This is a copy of LtCol Ware’s report into charges against LCpl Sharratt. Here is an excerpt:

Finally, to believe the government version of facts is to disregard clear and convincing evidence to the contrary and sets a dangerous precedent that, in my opinion, may encourage others to bear false witness against Marines as a tactic to erode public support of the Marine Corps and mission in Iraq. Even more dangerous is the potential that a Marine may hesitate at the critical moment when facing the enemy . . . LCpl Sharratt’s actions were in accord with the rules of engagement and use of force. Accordingly I recommends that the Charge and specifications be dismissed . . .

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