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16 October 2004

Was it Mutiny?

Probe Iraq 'mutiny'
BY CELESTE KATZ
and CORKY SIEMASZKO


The U.S. military was investigating a possible mutiny in Iraq yesterday after a platoon of Army reservists refused to go on what they called a "suicide mission." If confirmed, it would be the first time a group of American soldiers defied a direct order in the Iraq conflict - and a worrisome sign that there might be cracks in the overstretched military's resolve.Sharon Walker, spokeswoman for the U.S. military in Baghdad, called the defiance by up to 19 members of the 343rd Quartermaster Company from Rock Hill, S.C., "an isolated incident."

"The investigating team is currently in Tallil taking statements and interviewing those involved," Walker said in a prepared statement. "It is far too early in the investigation to speculate as to what happened, why it happened or any action that might be taken." Nadine Stratford, of Rock Hill, whose godson Colin Durham is in the 343rd, said the soldiers balked at being sent on a potentially deadly missions in unarmored fuel trucks - and were now being treated like captured Iraqi insurgents. "They had them in a trailer, and then they moved them to a tent," she told the Daily News. "They won't let them go to sleep - and this is American soldiers that are holding them." The military denied it was holding any U.S. soldiers prisoner.
(www.nydailynews.com)

And here at washingtontimes.com

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