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Fragging Returns to the Frontlines: A U.S. Army Sgt. Kills Two Fellow Soldiers in Grenade Attack in First Such Attack Since Vietnam

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Fragging. It is a term that has seldom been heard in a generation. It means "To wound or kill a fellow soldier by throwing a grenade or similar explosive at the victim"

During the Vietnam War there were hundreds of so-called fragging incidences.

Last week the term re-entered the headlines when U.S. Army Sgt. Asan Akbar was detained on charges that he threw grenades into tents where his colleagues slept, killing a captain instantly and injuring 15 other members of the 101st Airborne Division, one of whom later died.

  • Imam Abdul Karim Hasan, is the imam of the Los Angeles mosque where Asan Akbar worshipped as a teenager.
  • Luke Hiken, who is on the steering committee of Military Law Task Force of the National Lawyers Guild. He has studied "fragging" cases extensively.
  • Earl Ofari Hutchinson, author and columnist. He is the author of nine books including "The Crisis in Black and Black. He recently wrote the "Army 'Fragging'–Racial Tension Back in Spotlight"

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