Ex-Soldier Talks About Slaying Of Iraqi Family

An Iraq War veteran serving five consecutive life terms for raping and killing a 14-year-old Iraqi girl and killing her parents and sister says he didn't think of that country's civilians as humans after being exposed to extreme war zone violence.

Steven Dale Green, a former 101st Airborne soldier, told The Associated Press in his first media interview since the 2006 killings, that his crimes were fueled in part by experiences in Iraq's violent "Triangle of Death" where two of his sergeants were gunned down. He also cited a lack of leadership and help from the Army.

In the interview after exchanging correspondence with The Associated Press over the past 15 months, Green talked about what led up to the March 12, 2006, attack on the family near Mahmoudiya, Iraq.

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  • by THE Voice Location: Berkeley in '11 on Dec 21, 2010 at 03:30 PM
    angry vet, wrap yourself in the flag and cry me a river. Frank Sinatra, good call. @voice, take a lesson in Basic Grammar before you post the next time. Unless you were so offended by my last post that could not type correctly.
  • by angry vet Location: eastern nc on Dec 21, 2010 at 09:11 AM
    Frank Sinatra & THE Voice, you both are as wrong as can be. Our troops have been responsible for the building of thousands of homes, hospitals, school and other vital buildings world wide. As to the statement "Let these "heroes" know that they are simply pawns or rubes used by the corporate driven government to enforce a brutal, fascist foreign policy. Then again, it is hard to convince one of these militaristic robots of anything with the public, family, and the military itself filling them with propaganda and lies" It is you that are lying to yourself. Learn what fascism really was before you go off of the babble of some liberalite trying to make a name for him/herself. One soldiers actions do not represent the good that our military does around the world. But hey, that doesn't sell papers so believe what you want. Better yet, take a stand and do a job that you are obviously too afraid or weak to do!
  • by Heros Location: What a laugh on Dec 21, 2010 at 05:41 AM
    I am a Retired Marine with 5 tours in Iraq. Hero I think not. This is not a War but a joke, A war would be dropping 10 10Megaton bombs a blowing Iraq and any country associated with thier crimes aginst the USA, Lets keep our business to ourself and Hell if they want to bring it here let them. Hero are those who saved live and gave their own, not some high school equivilent that goes and shoots a gun for a couple of months.
  • by frederick on Dec 21, 2010 at 05:31 AM
    I am proud of our Country, our Troops, our military but I am sorry, nothing condones the killing and abuse of those kids. There was nothing right about this. I am ashamed of this.
  • by @ voice on Dec 20, 2010 at 10:14 PM
    I guess society should just take us powderkeg heroes and lock us all up after the war. You sent any hate mail like the letter I got in Iraq adressed to anysoldier? If I were there for the oil, fine. Everyone in my family has been able to continue in their current existence. My grandmother didn't freeze to death for lack of heating oil. You'd probably be the first to gripe if you couldn't afford gas for your car about how it's the governments fault. You are the rube and pawn letting someone brainwash you to the realities of the real world. I joined the military for no other reason than the GI bill. "Well bush lied..." I've heard your vitriol before. Bush attacked a country based on the same intel that Clinton said he had, at a time when Iran, N. korea, and Libiya were all trying to acquire WMD's. Quadafi was first to give em up after we intimidated the region. Stop being a coward join the services and you go change something. Got a job yet armchair QB ?
  • by ibxer on Dec 20, 2010 at 07:09 PM
    A 14 year old girl? Nothing justifies a crime against a child. End of story. Throw away the key.
  • by yes and no on Dec 20, 2010 at 01:49 PM
    war turns people into animals. i have loved ones who claimed to do things in vietnam that they never would have thought of doing otherwise. i dont believe in blaming everyone else for doing something heinous, as is in this case, but war is dehumanizing. if you want to participate in it, you have to face the consequences. ive heard often that people in this recent war have gotten used to shooting and killing people. what a thing to get used to! i dont blame them for protecting themselves, but some have said that its scary how easy it became. taking life should never be a thoughtless, simple act. but in times of war, it has to be.
  • by 40 Location: Jville on Dec 20, 2010 at 11:21 AM
    This dirtbag doesn't deserve the ink. We all fought in that country at one time or other and he is the only idiot I know of to disgrace our country in this fashion from desert storm to present. His filth won't wash in my book. Give him to the Iraqi people. He probably would have been a bad citizen here at sometime or other.
  • by justice Location: NC on Dec 20, 2010 at 09:21 AM
    He deserves the sentence that he got. Don't lump a degenerate like him in with the rest of our soldiers who do not act like that. That guy is a disgrace to his country, his family, and to the Armed Forces. Yes, many of us have come back "different", but how many of us have done something like that? there is no justification to point a finger of blame at his chain of command, they are not responsible for his heinous act. He is lucky that he was not put to death. But maybe he will suffer in prison the fate that the 14 year old girl suffered and he will be violated. I feel sorry for his victims and his family. How many lives did he destroy?
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Dec 20, 2010 at 08:50 AM
    I'm sure he is using this as an excuse to have a lesser punishment. He should have not raped the girl as he had a job to do coming off of our tax dollars. He should be kicked out of the military for that.
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