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Tuesday: Frontline's "Rules of Engagement" investigates the killing of 24 residents of Haditha, Iraq, by U.S. forces. Plus: What did you think of "Inside the Vietnam War" on Monday?

Published February 19, 2008 11:00AM (EST)

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Frontline's "Rules of Engagement" (9 p.m. EST on PBS, check listings) investigates what became known as "Iraq's My Lai," in which the U.S. military killed 24 residents of Haditha, Iraq. While some of the deaths were initially said to be caused by a roadside bomb, further investigation revealed that many of the victims were unarmed civilians who had died of gunshot wounds. Iraqi witnesses described how Marines opened fire on their families, but some of the Marines charged in the case maintain that they were following orders and were told, "Shoot first and ask questions later." Through interviews with Marines and Iraqi survivors who were there, Frontline's cameras offer a glimpse of the treacherous ethical and legal dilemmas that our country faces in Iraq.


The top 12 male singers perform on "American Idol" (8 p.m. EST on Fox), while "Nova: Ape Genius" explores the brain powers of chimps and gorillas (8 p.m. EST on PBS, check listings). "The Universe" focuses on constellations (9 p.m. EST on History), a new president comes to town on "Jericho" (10 p.m. EST on CBS), and the fifth season of "Nip/Tuck" comes to an end (10 p.m. EST on FX). Meanwhile, the "Independent Lens" documentary "Banished" (10 p.m. EST on PBS, check listings) uncovers cases of racial cleansing in the wake of the Civil War.

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