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US Marine found guilty of murdering disabled Iraqi

United States Marine Sergeant Lawrence Hutchins III pictured at his arraignment hearing last year with his wife Reyna Credit: Reuters

US Marine Sergeant Lawrence Hutchins III has been found guilty of murdering a disabled Iraqi civilian in 2006, a Marine Corps official said.

Prosecutors argued that the killing was motivated by a desire to send a message to a resistant Iraqi village.

Hutchins was initially convicted of murder, larceny and making false statements over the killing of the civilian but it was was later overturned.

But he was convicted again on Wednesday on three out of four counts, including murder, following a retrial.


UK's youngest suicide bomber exploited by 'cowards'

The family of British 17-year-old Talha Asmal have expressed "grief" over reports that he has been killed while with Islamic State in Iraq.

Relatives say he was groomed and exploited by militants "too cowardly to do their own dirty work".

However, there are still questions over why he left his Dewsbury home for a life of extremism.

ITV News UK Editor Rohit Kachroo reports from West Yorkshire:

Society 'must be vigilant' to spot radicalisation signs

British society must stay "vigilant" to spot signs of radicalisation in young people, Philip Hammond has said.

Talha Asmal, 17, reportedly became Britain's youngest suicide bomber when he blew himself up while fighting for Islamic State in Iraq.

Speaking about the teenager's death, the foreign secretary said: "Teachers, parents, social workers, people in the community all need to be vigilant and look for signs of early radicalisation."

Ex-extremist: No doubt teen suicide bomber groomed

A man once considered the "godfather" of the British jihadi movement has said there is no doubt a 17-year-old - who has apparently become Britain's youngest suicide bomber - was groomed.

Abu Muntasir, who used to recruit extremists, told Good Morning Britain that Talha Asmal had committed an "abhorrent crime" and said parents need to have more communication with their children to prevent similar tragedies.

"There is grooming, no doubt - I know how we used to convince people by ignoring a lot of facts on the ground, ignoring reality and alternative views amongst Muslims and Muslim teaching," he said.

"So the parents need to have more communication with their children, they need to have more of an overseeing aspect of how to be a good parent.

"It's totally despicable what he (Talha) has done, it is an abhorrent crime, and we should be very careful."


Cooper: Reports of British teen suicide bomber 'very disturbing'

Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper has said the reports that a British teen has become the UK's youngest suicide bomber after being killed while with Islamic State in Iraq are "very disturbing".

She said: "This is a very disturbing case - and our thoughts are with the families and friends of those who died or were injured in this appalling terrorist attack.

"This case shows how important it is for the Government to have a proper counter-terrorism strategy, which not only includes measures to track, monitor and prosecute terror suspects, but also includes a much stronger plan for community-led action to prevent young people being drawn towards the lies and hate filled ideology of Isil."

Family friend: Community grieves with family of Talha Asmal

Talha Asmal Credit: ITV News

Family friend Shahid Malik said a community was grieving today after news that 17-year-old Talha Asmal has been reportedly killed while with Islamic State in Iraq.

The local community grieves with them today, Ebrahim (the father) and the family's world has been shattered in the cruellest of ways and one which no family should ever have to experience.

Talha was a truly sweet-natured, helpful, respectful and friendly kid and it is incredibly difficult to reconcile this Talha with the suicide-bomber at an Iraqi oil installation.

– Shahid Malik, former MP for Dewsbury

Police unable to confirm British teen was suicide bomber

Police have said they are unable to confirm the identity of a British national, believed by family members to be 17-year-old Talha Asmal, who was reportedly killed while with Islamic State in Iraq.

West Yorkshire Police issued the following statement:

The police have been made aware of media reports with regard to the death of a British National in Iraq.

The identity of the person who has reportedly died has not been confirmed at this time and we are unable to comment further.

We are aware that large numbers of British nationals are travelling to the Middle East for a variety of reasons and we understand that some of those travelling have resided in West Yorkshire. We continue to support families who have loved ones that are believed to have travelled and the local communities who understandably may also have concerns.

– West Yorkshire Police
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