U.S. sol­dier held in slay­ings

The sus­pect is ac­cused of fa­tally shoot­ing two other ser­vice­men in Iraq.

Los Angeles Times - - The World - Ned Parker re­port­ing from baghdad ned.parker@latimes.com

An Amer­i­can sol­dier in Iraq was de­tained af­ter a heated ar­gu­ment with fel­low ser­vice­men ended in the fa­tal shoot­ing of two and the wound­ing of an­other, the U.S. mil­i­tary said Tues­day.

Mil­i­tary spokesman Col. Barry John­son said an ar­gu­ment erupted among the sol­diers, and Army Spc. Nef­taly Platero was sus­pected of grab­bing his weapon and open­ing fire on his col­leagues dur­ing the in­ci­dent Thurs­dayin Fal­louja, west of Baghdad.

Platero was be­ing held in pre­trial con­fine­ment, a mil­i­tary state­ment said.

The Pen­tagon iden­ti­fied the slain men as Spc. John Car­rillo Jr., 20, of Stock­ton, Calif., and Pfc. Ge­brah P. Noo­nan, 26, of Water­town, Conn.

Amer­i­can forces in Iraq have been drawn down to fewer than 50,000 per­son­nel; U.S. troops are sched­uled to with­draw at the end of 2011.

Al­though Amer­i­can troops still con­duct op­er­a­tions with Iraqi se­cu­rity forces and come un­der at­tack, their ca­su­alty fig­ures are com­par­a­tively low. Fifty­four U.S. sol­diers have died in Iraq this year.

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