IRAQ

Ex-Soldier Put Away for Life

A former U.S. soldier who raped and murdered a 14-year-old girl while serving in Iraq will spend the rest of his life in prison. Steven Green, 24, was one of five soldiers who in 2006 played a part in holding down and raping Abeer Qassim al-Janabi before killing her, her parents, and her younger sister at their family home in Mahmudiya, Iraq. Green was considered the ringleader and will serve five consecutive life sentences with no chance of parole. The Kentucky jury could not agree unanimously on his punishment and so he was spared the death penalty. The four other soldiers are also serving time for their roles in the crime. Green is the first ex-soldier to be charged under a U.S. law that allows prosecution for crimes committed overseas.