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Four US Soldiers Charged With Murder in Death of Iraqi General - 2004-10-05

The U.S. military says it has charged four soldiers with murder in the death of an Iraqi general who suffocated last year during an interrogation.

The charges, filed Monday, carry a maximum sentence of life in prison without parole.

The Army says Iraqi Major General Abed Hamed Mowhoush died last November from asphyxia due to "smothering and chest compression" while being detained by the U.S. military.

The Denver Post reported earlier this year that one of the four soldiers charged in the crime, Chief Warrant Officer Lewis Welshofer, allegedly smothered the Iraqi general with a sleeping bag.

All four soldiers have since returned to the United States. The Army says they are still serving with their units and have not been jailed.