FRONTLINE: Rules Of Engagement
Airs Friday, February 10, 2012 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV
Thursday, February 2, 2012
After years of delays, U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Frank Wuterich went on trial in January 2012 in connection with the killings of 24 Iraqi civilians more than six years ago, one of the worst incidents of its kind of the war. What really happened on November 19, 2005, in the village of Haditha?
Quiz: The Tough Choices
The scenarios outlined in this quiz are reproduced from a PowerPoint presentation given to Kilo Company 3/1 in an August 2005 class on the rules of engagement (ROE) prior to their deployment to Haditha, Iraq. Try it yourself to test your knowledge of the ROE.
FRONTLINE cuts through the fog of war to reveal the untold story of what some have branded “Iraq’s My Lai.”
With accusations swirling that a squad of Marines massacred Iraqi civilians “in cold blood,” the Haditha killings led to one of the largest criminal cases against U.S. troops in the Iraq war. Yet major questions remain unanswered.
Through interviews with the highest levels of the U.S. military, personal accounts from Marines involved, documents obtained by FRONTLINE, unmanned drone footage of the actual day's events, and an exclusive television interview with an intelligence officer who watched the day unfold, FRONTLINE investigates what occurred in Haditha, how the rules of war are interpreted in theory and in battle, and what the events of Haditha and their aftermath say about the war in Iraq.