The War Is Over, But This Battle Is Still Raging

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Couso's family and lawyer with warrant

Was it a crime or just a tragic mistake? A Spanish judge opted for the former when he issued an international arrest warrant for three U.S. soldiers alleged to be responsible for firing a 120-mm tank shell into the Palestine Hotel in Baghdad on April 8, 2003, killing Reuters cameraman Taras Protsyuk and José Couso from the Spanish network Telecinco. Judge Santiago Pedraz's order charged that the Americans had committed a possible "crime against the international community." He said he issued the warrant because his court had received no response to its request for information about legal proceedings under way in...

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