Diary: Soldier Wrote About Killing Buddies

Estes Thompson, AP, Apr. 14

An Army sergeant charged in a deadly grenade attack on his comrades wrote in his diary that his fellow soldiers were mistreating him, and that once he was sent to Iraq, “I am going to try and kill as many of them as possible,” a jury was told Thursday.

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In the entry dated Feb. 4, 2003, Akbar referred to mistreatment by his fellow soldiers:

“I suppose they want to punk me or just humiliate me. Perhaps they feel that I will not do anything about that. They are right about that. I am not going to do anything about it as long as I stay here. But as soon as I am in Iraq, I am going to try and kill as many of them as possible.”

Another entry said: “I will have to decide to kill my Muslim brothers fighting for Saddam Hussein or my battle buddies. I am hoping to get into a position so I don’t have to take any crap from anyone anymore.”

Elsewhere, he wrote: “I may not have killed any Muslims, but being in the Army is the same thing. I may have to make a choice very soon on who to kill.”

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