Soldiers Cleared

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Army commanders have rejected the recommendation of military investigators and decided NOT to charge eleven soldiers in the death of an Iraqi military official.

Iraqi Lieutenant Colonel Abdul Jaleel was allegedly beaten and suffocated while in U.S. custody last year in Iraq.

Investigators had recommended charging two Fort Carson-based soldiers with manslaughter and nine others with offenses ranging from assault to lying.

But in a statement yesterday, the Army Criminal Investigation Command declined to pursue the charges.

Spokesman Christopher Grey said the command -- quote -- "determined that the detainee died as a result of a series of lawful applications of force in response to repeated aggression and misconduct by the detainee.

The Army says Jaleel died January Ninth, 2004, at a Third Armored Cavalry Regiment camp. The regiment is based at Fort Carson near Colorado Springs.