Up front, let me just be clear. I think our military forces are mostly well-intentioned people. We ask much of them, often to do their best in support of policies or goals that change or that they may not completely agree to.
At the same time, I think any sober reading of war will show that in such circumstances, despite thorough training and intentions, atrocities occur. How we accept and deal with such incidents is about us as a people and nation.
When I spoke up that such incidents have happened in Iraq, I was thinking of the high probability that they did. I was also thinking of the Haditha massacre. The details and resolution of Haditha are murky. You will have to draw your own conclusions.
Here are some resources:
BBC (Alwyas good to get a foreign viewpoint!)
Military presses charges.
Survivors’ Reactions as accused Marines have charges dropped.
CBS’ sued by military for access to its records.
Finally, the larger context. How many people have died in Iraq ssince the war started in 2003?
Military casualty database (compiled by a civilian): all coalition nations: 4,580
All Civilians (By Iraq Body Count, a non profit that docuemtns its methods pretty clearly on site): between 91-99,000