Tim Predmore, serving with the 101st Airborne Division near Mosul in northern Iraq says American and British soldiers are facing death there for "no reason".

He has also ridiculed the search for weapons of mass destruction and gives a chilling insight into the lack of humanitarian care given to Iraqi people in need.

Serving with the 101st Airborne Division near Mosul, Predmore wrote to his local newspaper which published his critical article called the “great modern lie: Occupation Iraqi Freedom”.

“There is only one truth, and it is that Americans are dying. There are an estimated 10 to 14 attacks every day on our servicemen and women in Iraq. As the body count continues to grow, it would appear that there is no immediate end in sight,” he wrote.

The Peoria Journal Star in Illinois also reported that Predmore could no longer justify his service on the basis of what he believed to be half-truths and lies.

Central Command

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When contacted by Aljazeera.net, Central Command in Qatar and Florida were not prepared to comment on the fate of the outspoken soldier or his article.

However, it is likely Predmore will face some disciplinary action after revealing damning first hand experiences.

One claim made was that two young badly burned Iraqi children were brought to a US military camp by their mother in a desperate search for help – her children had been playing with discarded ordinance.

But after waiting an hour, they were refused treatment by two US military doctors – a decision Predmore condemned as “an atrocity”.

Searching for truth

The 36 year-old, deployed from Fort Campbell last November, asked where these famous weapons of mass destruction were. He also asked why Saddam Hussein was removed because of an unproven relationship with Usama Bin Ladin.

He also condemned a superpower that demanded obedience to the United Nations but was the first to ignore the world body and public opinion when it invaded Iraq.

Predmore claims the US presence “looks like a modern-day crusade not to free an oppressed people or to rid the world of a demonic dictator … but a crusade to control another nation’s natural resource. Oil … seems to be the reason.”