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NM Man to Share Stories from Iraq at "Winter Soldier" in D.C.

March 14, 2008

Washington, DC - A former soldier from New Mexico who served in Iraq will be speaking out this week on what he saw there. Reagan Sullivan, Las Cruces, is in Washington for "Winter Soldier: Iraq and Afghanistan," where he'll testify about his time in Iraq with the Army. He says more than 200 soldiers from across the country will share all sorts of eyewitness accounts, including stories of senseless killing and other violations.

"They'll be talking about mistreatment of civilians, really screwed-up rules of engagement that they had to follow, meaningless civilian casualties, torture."

Other soldiers will testify about possible war crimes, including an air strike against an apartment building in Baghdad, involving allegations that innocent civilians were killed. The Army has not commented on that air strike.

Sullivan says he'll testify on the role of civilian contractors like KBR, which built and ran the mess hall on one of the bases where he was stationed.

"They brought in Filipino women and Pakistani men to actually work in the chow hall, so they're getting pennies a day basically, while KBR is bringing in all the cash."

"Winter Soldier" is taking place at the National Labor College outside Washington, D.C., and is sponsored by Iraq Veterans Against the War. The original "Winter Soldier" event took place in 1971, during the Vietnam War.

More information is available at www.ivaw.org.

Eric Mack/Don Mathisen, Public News Service - NM