An official police report obtained by a US reporter for Knight Ridder newspapers said: "The American forces gathered the family members in one room and executed 11 people."
The Abu Sifa deaths on March 15 were first reported last weekend on the day that Time magazine published the results of a 10-week investigation into an incident last November when US marines killed 15 civilians in their homes in the western Iraqi town of Haditha.
. . . persistent eyewitness accounts of rampaging attacks by American troops are fuelling human rights activists' concerns that Pentagon commanders are failing to curb military excesses in Iraq.