Virginia National Guard Disputes Ambush Video

Sep 29, 2006 12:43pm

The commander of the Virginia National Guard is disputing allegations by a former Halliburton truck driver that guard soldiers abandoned a convoy coming under ambush. "My soldiers performed bravely and with valor," Maj. Gen. Robert B. Newman, Jr. told the Richmond Times-Dispatch. "The reporting provided by ABC is far from the mark," he said. The former Halliburton driver, Preston Wheeler, produced home video showing soldiers leaving the scene as four trucks were disabled by insurgent gunfire. THE BLOTTER RECOMMENDS World News: Anatomy of an Ambush Exclusive: U.S. Troops Abandoned Me, Says Convoy Driver Click Here for More of the Brian Ross Page Wheeler told ABC News he watched as at least two of the drivers were executed at point-blank range.  He says it was almost 45 minutes before the military returned to the scene. The U.S. Army says an investigation of the incident found the Virginia National Guard acted properly. Wheeler says he was never interviewed by the Army about what he saw and heard.  The Army confirms Wheeler was not interviewed, but a spokesman said he did not know why. The Army awarded 16 military decorations to Virginia soldiers for valor, according to the Times-Dispatch. Relatives of the three Halliburton drivers who were murdered told ABC News they want the Army to re-open the investigation.

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