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The shooting at the white taxi

House 1

House 2

House 4


Iraqi photographs, presented by the media as evidence

Overview: The ambush site, suspected trigger house, house from which Marines received insurgent automatic weapon fire. Houses 1, 2, 3, and 4.

HN Brian David Whitt, USN
NCIS pdf (March 2006)

Whitt (who rode in the third HMV) clearly identifies receiving SAF at the ambush site that morning. States that there were bullet impacts at his feet and as he ran alongside a wall he was using for cover. States he saw rifles on the roof of a house only 100 yards away. States two enemy shooters fired directed at him. States that while he was attending the wounded he heard AK, M-16 and a grenade round going off. 

Cpl Hector Salinas
Watt Investigation pdf (
February 19, 2006)
NCIS pdf (March 18, 2006)
Text file of both statements

In Watt statement, states that the five Iraqis at the white car ran after the IED went off. States that "we" started shooting and they went down. States the squad was under SAF after the blast, and believes he saw individuals doing the firing. States he shot an individual in house 1 and shot a second individual running from house 1 to house 2. States he threw a grenade into house 2.

In NCIS statement, states that Cpl Dela Cruz shot at the Iraqis fleeing the white taxi. Also states he didn't remember anyone else firing. States that PFC Guzman returned fire from combatants after the IED blast. The fire was coming from house 1 (the first to be assaulted by Marines that morning). Heard the sound of an AK-47 being racked inside the house.

LCpl Rene Rodriguez
NCIS pdf (March 20, 2006)

States he  took cover from AK-47 fire at the ambush site. States he assisted Lt Kallop in evacuating children from house 1.

Lt. William Kallop
Watt investigation text file and pdf (February 21, 2006)
NCIS pdf (March 24, 2006)

In the Watt investigation statement, Lt Kallop states: "...we began receiving small arms fire from the south side of the road....I looked out to the south and identified where the rounds were coming from with Sergeant Wuterich. They were coming from a house that was across a wadi on the south side of the road and a little to our west. I could see movement and hear the rounds cracking around me so I pointed at the house and told Staff Sergeant Wuterich to clear south to the enemy..."

The NCIS statement is a summary by Special Agent Robert A. McDaniel.

LCpl Steven Tatum
NCIS pdf (March 18, 2006)

Sgt Sanick Dela Cruz
NCIS pdf (March 18, 2006)
NCIS pdf (April 2, 2006)

In his first NCIS statement, he states that Iraqis fled from the white taxi and, after they were fired upon by Iraqi soldiers, fired on the fleeing Iraqis as well. States he doesn't recall if other Marines fired on the Iraqis at the white car.

Dela Cruz was asked to take a polygraph test regarding his actions at the white car. Dela Cruz failed the test.

In his second NCIS statement, states that his previous statement was correct with the exception of events that occurred around the white car. Dela Cruz's new version is that SSgt Wuterich shot the Iraqis as they stood by the car. States that he, Dela Cruz, shot them as well. Claims that SSgt Wuterich told him to blame the Iraqi soldiers for the shooting (this claim is not believable since SSgt Wuterich did not tell such a story to investigators).

LCpl Humberto Mendoza
NCIS pdf (March 18, 2006)

States he heard AK-47 fire at the ambush site. States he shot a male adult in house 1. States he shot a male adult in house 2.

Mendoza failed a polygraph test regarding the details of the shooting in house 1.

LCpl Roel Ryan Briones
NCIS pdf (March 21, 2006)

Arrived with the QRF. Photographed bodies in the houses.

LCpl Justin Sharratt
NCIS text file (March 19, 2006)
Voluntary Sworn Statement (text file) March 24, 2006
All statements to NCIS and the Watt Investigation (pdf)

Forensic and witness testimony at Justin Sharratt's hearing corroborated his statement to the NCIS regarding the action in house 4. Sharratt also passed a polygraph test.

Capt. Jeffrey Dinsmore
NCIS pdf (June 2, 2006)
Deposition excerpt text file and pdf (March 26, 2007)

SSgt Frank Wuterich
Watt investigation pdf (February 21, 2006)

Stated that he and Cpl Salinas engaged the five Iraqis at the white taxi (note: this does not match Dela Cruz's statement that, according to Dela Cruz, SSgt Wuterich asked him to make). Stated the squad was taking fire from houses 1 and 2.

SCAN EAGLE SURVEILLANCE VIDEO--you saw it here first

The IED explosion on 19 November 2005 that killed LCpl Terrazas was the beginning of a complex ambush in Haditha. Some of the action against insurgents that day was recorded by a Scan Eagle drone. Read a chronology of events and see the video here.


The Watt Investigation Report on Haditha, pdf, March  3, 2006.

Finding: …there are no indications that [Coalition Forces] intentionally targeted, engaged, and killed noncombatants. There is no denying that civilians died during the insurgents coordinated attack on the Marines on 19 Nov 05; however there is no evidence that the Marines intentionally set out to target, engage, and kill noncombatants.

Bargewell Report, pdf, June 15, 2006.

Finding: [The inaccurate press release that launched Time magazine’s investigation] was not the result of any intent to conceal misconduct…


Memo from General Mattis, pdf, assignment of defense counsel for the accused, December 12, 2006.

Polygraph test results from April 2, 2006: Cpl Dela Cruz, PFC Mendoza, LCpl Sharratt, pdf

Solatia payment records (pdfs): Jamal Ayed Ahmed, Khatan Ayed Ahmed, Marwan Ayed Ahmed from house four

NCIS interviews with Iraqis regarding House 4: Ehab, Nagham, Family members

NCIS: Pathology Consultation: Haditha Investigation

NCIS: Forensic reconstruction, House 4

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