7 Jun 2006

Hawaii soldier refuses to serve in Iraq

5:58 am on 7 June 2006

An American Army officer is expected to refuse to go to Iraq this month with his unit, citing what he calls the "illegal" and "immoral" basis of the war.

The officer, 1st Lt. Ehren K. Watada, from Hawaii is believed to be one of the first military officers to publicly take steps to refuse his deployment orders.

Lt. Watada, who is serving with a Stryker unit based in Fort Lewis, Washington, apparently sought to resign his commission in January , and later asked again but was again denied

He faces the possibility of a court-martial, dishonorable discharge and several years in prison if he continues to refuses orders.