A US Marine was on Thursday convicted of negligent homicide in the stabbing death of an Iraqi soldier during a fight when the two were on guard duty in Fallujah last year.
Lance Corporal Delano Holmes, 21, claimed during a court martial at the Marines base at Camp Pendleton that he killed Mutather Jasem Muhammed Hassin in self-defense after the Iraqi soldier refused to put out a cigarette.
The Marine was said to have feared that the glow from the cigarette would reveal their position to insurgents.
Holmes was also convicted of making a false official statement. He faces a maximum of eight years in prison.