The elite US 101st Airborne Regiment has been shaken by the news that eight of its men face allegations of raping and murdering Iraqi civilians. Four soldiers will be court-martialled over the alleged rape of an Iraqi girl and the murder of her and her family. It is claimed the men helped a former colleague to plan, carry out and then cover up the attack. Two of them face the death penalty if convicted. A further four soldiers are accused of shooting three male Iraqi prisoners near Tikrit in Northern Iraq last May. The detainees died during a US military operation near the Thar Thar canal.