Marines facing inquiry over Iraqi insurgent deaths

From a Times Staff Writer

The Naval Criminal Investigative Service is investigating “credible allegations of wrongdoing” by Marines during a battle in Fallouja, Iraq, in late 2004, the agency confirmed Monday.

NCIS spokesman Ed Buice declined to provide details. The investigation was revealed Saturday by the North (San Diego) County Times, which cited sources saying that five to 10 Marines were being investigated in the deaths of captured insurgents.

The decision on whether charges should be filed rests with the top general at Camp Pendleton.

Marines from the base already face charges in the deaths of Iraqi civilians in Hamandiya and Haditha.