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CENTCOM NEWS RELEASE
HEADQUARTERS UNITED STATES CENTRAL COMMAND
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November 16, 2004
Release Number: 04-11-53


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


POSSIBLE LAW OF ARMED CONFLICT VIOLATION UNDER INVESTIGATION

FALLUJAH, Iraq -- The First Marine Division is investigating an allegation of the unlawful use of force in the death of an enemy combatant. The incident occurred in Fallujah, Iraq, during combat operations on Saturday, November 13.

This investigation commenced immediately when allegations were brought forward and is continuing. The purpose of this investigation is to determine whether the Marine acted in self-defense, violated military law or failed to comply with the Law of Armed Conflict. The Marine has been withdrawn from the battlefield pending the results of the investigation.

Based upon the investigation, the convening authority will determine the appropriate course of action.

"We follow the Law of Armed Conflict and hold ourselves to a high standard of accountability," said Lt. Gen. John F. Sattler, I Marine Expeditionary Force Commanding General. "The facts of this case will be thoroughly pursued to make an informed decision and to protect the rights of all persons involved."

For more information, contact the I MEF Media Team at IMEFMEDIATEAM@IMEFDM.usmc.mil

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