Marine commander said he believed Haditha killings were not unusual

On August 19, 2006, Lt. Colonel Jeffrey R. Chessani stated that he did not believe a probe into the November 2005 deaths of 24 civilians in Haditha, Iraq, was necessary because he did not believe there was any wrongdoing. Charges against Chessani were eventually dropped. Of the eight Marines charged in connection with the massacre, only one Marine was found guilty of any wrongdoing. In June 2008, US Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich pleaded guilty to the charge of negligent dereliction of duty, while the charges of manslaughter were dropped. The official report of the incident found "serious misconduct" in the Marines Corps chain of command.

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