Thursday, September 13, 2007

Soldiers who wrote NY Times opinion piece critical of Pentagon die in Iraq

Were they murdered?

TEXAS CITY, Texas: The mother of an Army sergeant who died in a Baghdad vehicle accident weeks after writing a New York Times opinion piece critical of the Pentagon said Wednesday she wants the Army to explain his death.

"I want to know all the details of how he died. I want to know the truth," said Olga Capetillo, whose 28-year-old son, Sgt. Omar Mora, died Monday. "I don't understand how so many people could die in that accident. How could it be so bad?"

Capetillo feared that the article, which ran Aug. 19 in the New York Times, could damage her son's military career or cause him other problems. She said that in the weeks since writing the piece with six other active duty U.S. soldiers, Mora had seemed increasingly depressed and withdrawn.

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