U.S. soldier held in slayings
The suspect is accused of fatally shooting two other servicemen in Iraq.
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.