Justice prevails but there one soldier still faces charges:
However, since charges were first announced in December 2006, prosecutors have struggled to make the allegations stick.
Six have now had charges against them dropped, while charges of murder against squad leader Frank Wuterich were changed to the lesser offense of manslaughter.
Wuterich faces trial later this year, along with Colonel Jeffrey Chessani, the highest ranking officer accused over the incident who has been charged with dereliction of duty and violation of a lawful order.
Wuterich told a preliminary hearing at Camp Pendleton last September that he would “always mourn the unfortunate deaths of the innocent Iraqis who were killed during our response to that attack.”
But he said: “Based on the information I had at the time, based on the situation, I made the best decision I could have.”