A fourth soldier faces charges for allegedly ordering a second Iraqi to jump. That man survived.
Two of the soldiers are charged with manslaughter, assault, conspiracy, false statements and obstruction, according to officials of the 4th Infantry Division. A third is charged with manslaughter and making a false statement, and the fourth is charged with assault and making a false statement.
The soldiers are assigned to the 3rd Brigade at Fort Carson, in Colorado. It is part of the 4th Infantry, based at Fort Hood, Texas.
The New York Times reports a new report by the Army's inspector general says military prison training and policy contributed to the abuses seen at Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad, but does not report systemic abuse or name top officials.
The ongoing investigations into several deaths of men in U.S. custody are one facet of the probes of prisoner abuse. The probes became public in late April when CBS News' 60 Minutes II broadcast photographs of the abuse at Abu Ghraib.
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The Article 32 hearing for Maynulet, similar to a civilian grand jury in the United States, was held June 25-28. It is expected to reconvene in Germany on July 20.
The charges against him "stem from an incident in which U.S. forces near Kufa came into contact with a black sedan believed to contain militia forces," the military said in a statement.
"A chase began, and U.S. forces shot at the vehicle. The driver and a passenger were wounded. Shortly thereafter, the wounded driver was shot and killed at close range."
The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command confirmed the probe into Wahid's death, but refused to comment before the investigation's complete.
A spokesman for Afghanistan's Defense Minister, Mohammed Zahir Azimi, said he had not heard any report about the detainee's case.
"I think the Afghan forces have beaten my son very badly and killed him," Wahid's father, Amanullah, told The Associated Press in an interview at his simple baked-mud house in Helmand province.
According to a death certificate released by the Pentagon in May, Wahid's death was a homicide caused by multiple blunt force injuries complicated by a muscle condition — although his father said Wahid had no major health problems. It said he died in an American-controlled facility on Nov. 6, 2003.
While no independent confirmation of the family's account could be obtained, the father's suspicions about how his son died highlight concerns over the conduct of the U.S. military's Afghan allies.
"There's so much attention right now on abuses by U.S. personnel that we have forgotten there's fundamental problems of abuses by Afghan forces," said John Sifton, a researcher on Afghanistan for New York-based Human Rights Watch.
"There's consistent and credible evidence that Afghan forces as a regular matter mistreat detainees under their control, whether they are arrested as criminals or Taliban combatants," Sifton said.
There have been four confirmed fatalities of detainees in U.S. custody in Afghanistan since the invasion in late 2001 to topple the Taliban. Ahas been charged in North Carolina with assaulting one of the detainees, Abdul Wali, who died in June 2003 in eastern Afghanistan.