The slaying of 24 unarmed Iraqis — including women and children — in the town of Haditha is considered a defining moment in the war in Iraq,the Associated Press writes. On Nov. 19, 2005, after a roadside bomb exploded and killed one marine, a troop of U.S. Marines began firing indiscriminately at bystanders, entering homes and spraying them with bullets. A military prosecutor in the ongoing case against Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich said on Jan. 13, 2011, that the victims posed no threat. In December 2006, eight soldiers were charged in the crime, but charges against seven of the eight have been dropped as of June 2008.