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NEW: U.S. authorities ask to exhume remains of alleged Iraqi rape victim

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TIKRIT, Iraq (AP) - U-S authorities are asking Iraqis for help in respecting cultural issues involved in exhuming the body of a teenager allegedly raped and murdered with her family by American soldiers.      

The Multinational Corps says Islamic tradition has strict rules governing exhumation, and that cultural barriers could require religious leaders to become involved. Muslim tradition generally frowns on exhumations, considering them desecration of the remains.      

But a relative of the girl says the family wants to cooperate so there can be justice.      

Former soldier Steven Green was arrested last week in North Carolina. He's pleaded not guilty to one count of rape and four counts of murder. A U-S official said today that several more soldiers would soon be charged.

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