US Marine gets 10 years for abusing Muslim recruits

In this Oct., 31, 2017 photo, US Marine Gunnery Sgt. Joseph A. Felix, his wife, and his lawyers exit a courtroom after testimony at Camp Lejeune, N.C. A Marine Corps jury on Nov. 10, is deciding whether Felix should be sentenced to military prison time for choking, punching and otherwise tormenting recruits, especially Muslims, one of whom eventually hurled himself to his death down a stairwell. (AP)
Updated 12 November 2017
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US Marine gets 10 years for abusing Muslim recruits

WASHINGTON: A US Marine Corps drill instructor was sentenced Friday to 10 years in prison for abusing more than a dozen Muslim recruits, one of whom died in 2016, US media reported.
Gunnery Sergeant Joseph Felix was convicted a day earlier of maltreatment of the recruits during their basic training at the Parris Island, South Carolina base.
A jury of eight fellow servicemen and women considered Felix, an Iraq war veteran, the most to blame of six instructors who ordered and participated in extreme hazing of the recruits, taunting them as terrorists.
Two of them were forced into industrial-sized clothes dryers and in one case the machine was turned on when they did not renounce their faith.
One of the recruits, Raheel Siddiqui died after a plunge over a third-story railing in March 2016 after enduring days of hazing worse than the normal high-pressure treatment given recruits.
The Marines called his death a suicide. In October, Siddiqui’s family sued the Marines for $100 million, saying he was driven by an unnamed superior through a door and onto a balcony where he fell to the ground below.
The sentence decided Friday, which also includes a dishonorable discharge, was harsher than the seven years in prison that prosecutors had recommended.
The case will automatically go to appeal per military regulations for judgments that involve lengthy prison sentences and dishonorable discharges.


UN: 21 Afghan civilians killed in separate airstrikes

Updated 26 September 2018
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UN: 21 Afghan civilians killed in separate airstrikes

  • The UN says it is unclear whether the airstrikes were carried out by Afghan or NATO forces
  • 12 women and children from the same family were killed in a Sunday airstrike in the eastern Maidan Wardak province

KABUL, Afghanistan: The UN mission in Afghanistan says 21 civilians were killed in two separate airstrikes over the weekend.
It says in a statement Wednesday that nine civilians, mostly women and children, were killed in a Saturday airstrike in the northeastern Kapisa province, in an area where Afghan forces were battling the Taliban.
Another statement cited “preliminary findings” that 12 women and children from the same family were killed in a Sunday airstrike in the eastern Maidan Wardak province, also during an Afghan military operation.
The UN says it is unclear whether the airstrikes were carried out by Afghan or NATO forces. The Afghan government has not commented on the reports.