101st Soldiers Charged

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The U.S. Army has charged three soldiers in connection with the deaths of three Iraqis who were in military custody in northern Iraq last month.

The Multinational Corps-Iraq says three members of Fort Campbell-based Third Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division has been charged in connection with the deaths of three male detainees.

The Army says the deaths happened during an operation near Thar Thar Canal in southern Salahuddin province on May 9.

Once charged, defendants have the right to an Article 32 hearing, the military equivalent of a grand jury investigation.

Last week, the Army said it had opened a criminal investigation into the suspicious deaths of three men in military custody in Iraq.

The investigation was requested by Lieutenant General Peter W. Chiarelli, commander of multinational forces in Iraq -- who acted after other soldiers raised suspicions about the deaths.