Chiarelli Passes Haditha Command Climate Report to Casey
By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, July 7, 2006 The coalition corps commander in Iraq has completed his review of the circumstances surrounding the deaths of 24 Iraqis around Haditha on Nov. 19, 2005, and has passed his findings and recommendations to the coalition commander in the country.
Officials said Army Maj. Gen. Eldon Bargewell reported on the circumstances surrounding the deaths and the subsequent actions of Marine leaders, focusing on "training and command climate," to Multinational Corps Iraq Commander Army Lt. Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli. Chiarelli completed his findings and recommendations and passed them and the report to Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr., commander of Multinational Forces Iraq.
The report is separate from a criminal investigation the Navy Criminal Investigative Service is conducting, officials explained. Bargewell, a career special operations soldier, examined the incident, the command response to the incident and made a set of recommendations on how or what needed to be changed, they said.
Bargewell began his inquiry in March.