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‘Fragging’ in Iraq

The week's news at a glance.

Tikrit, Iraq

An Army supply sergeant was charged this week with killing his commander and another officer in the commander’s room at a Tikrit base camp. Staff Sgt. Alberto Martinez, 37, allegedly shot Capt. Phillip Esposito, 30, and Lt. Louis Allen, 34. The Pentagon said the motive for the murders was unknown. It was the second case of fragging—or killing a superior officer—of the Iraq war. Martinez was already facing legal troubles back home in New York state. An insurance company is suing him, accusing him of burning down his house to collect on a policy whose value had just been doubled.

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