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Last Updated: Thursday, 5 May, 2005, 10:56 GMT 11:56 UK
Marine cleared over Falluja death
Residents pick through the rubble of a house destroyed in Falluja
The US operation in Falluja reduced much of the city to rubble
A US marine filmed shooting an injured Iraqi in Falluja acted in self-defence and will not face a court martial, a Marine Corps investigation has found.

The five-month investigation found that the shooting had been "pretty much consistent with the established rules of engagement", a spokesman said.

Video of the killing last November, which was taken by a US cameraman, was flashed around the world.

It came during a bloody operation to recapture the rebel-held city.

In sworn statements, the unnamed marine corporal said he had shot three insurgents in self-defence in the mosque on 13 November, believing they posed a threat to him and his fellow marines.

Cameraman Kevin Sites said in his weblog account of the shooting that the marine could have legitimately believed the man posed a danger but he asked whether standards had been lowered.


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