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Former US soldier jailed for Iraq atrocities dies

Published on Feb 19, 2014 9:08 AM

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - A former American soldier jailed for raping an Iraqi teenager and executing the girl and her family in 2006 has died in an apparent suicide in prison, a spokesman said.

Steven Dale Green, convicted in 2009 over one of the most chilling crimes involving US troops in Iraq, died Saturday in Tucson, Arizona.

Guards discovered the 28-year-old "unresponsive" in his cell last Thursday, during regular rounds, John Stahley, a spokesman for the Federal Bureau of Prisons, said in a statement released Tuesday.

Staff immediately called for assistance and began life-saving measures, with Green being transported to a local medical centre. However, he died on Saturday, Stahley said.

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