Marine Officer Under Fire From Left

excerpt: A Marine officer on trial for failing to investigate alleged war crimes in Haditha is getting support on two fronts. Lt. Col. Jeffrey Chessani did, in fact, brief his higher-ups on the pitched battle that pitted U.S. Marines against terrorists in the Iraqi village Nov. 19, 2005, said Maj. Gen. Richard Huck in a military version of a preliminary hearing in the case.

Chessani was brought up on military charges after Time magazine accused Marines of "massacring" civilians in the firefight in Haditha. Later, Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., publicly accused Marine officers of a "cover-up."

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