Last Updated Fri, 02 Jun 2006 19:38:42 EDT
U.S. President George W. Bush says he's "troubled" by recent reports American forces may have committed atrocities in Iraq.
Bush's comment followed news reports of another possible massacre of civilians by U.S. troops, the third such set of allegations to have come to light in recent weeks.
The latest incident happened in March, in the village of Ishaqi, north of Baghdad. Two western news agencies broadcast video taken after the attack that shows 11 family members, including five children, shot dead.
It's the third such incident involving U.S. troops, and the Iraqi government has launched its own investigation.
Just hours after the allegations were made, the U.S. military said it had already investigated the charges and that they are unfounded. The Pentagon says its investigation found the deaths happened after American soldiers were fired on from a house and called in aircraft to bomb the building.
The BBC was the first Western media organization to broadcast new video which challenges the American version of events in Ishaqi.
Initially, a U.S. military spokesman said just four people died in the raid. But local police and relatives dispute that. They say there were 11 deaths, including the children.
There seems to be a pattern here: First the lies, and then denials, and then the promise to punish the few bad apples