US lawmaker John Murtha renewed his explosive charge that US soldiers killed unarmed civilians in Haditha, Iraq and the US military tried to cover it up.
“This is what worries me. We’re fighting a war about America’s ideals and democracy’s ideas and something like this happens, they try to cover it up,” Pennsylvania Representative John Murtha (news, bio, voting record) told CNN television.
“It is as bad as Abu Ghraib, if not worse,” Murtha stressed.
Two separate US military investigations are under way into the killings in November of some 24 unarmed civilians in Haditha.
“They knew the day after this happened that it was not as they portrayed it. They knew that they went into the rooms, they killed the people in the taxi. There was no firing at all. And this comes from the highest authority in the Marine Corps, so there’s no question in my mind,” he added.