- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 5, 2006

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A Marine who wrote and performed a satirical song about killing an Iraqi family that attacks him has temporarily shelved the tune, a record producer said this week.

Cpl. Joshua Belile, 23, planned to record “Hadji Girl” with Hits Music Studios, and the conservative talk program “The Mike Church Show” planned to be the first to air it, said Jimm Mosher, co-owner of the North Carolina studio. But the Iraq war veteran nixed the plans late last week, he said.

“We got a call from him and he just said he couldn’t do the recording at this time,” Mr. Mosher said. “I was led to believe that he had it from high command that he wasn’t to record the song.”

“Hadji Girl” surfaced in a four-minute video on the Internet. In the clip, Cpl. Belile sings about a Marine who falls in love with an Iraqi woman and then encounters hostility from her family. Relatives kill the woman and attack him, prompting the Marine to gun down the family members.

Cpl. Belile has said his song was intended as a joke. It takes its hook “dirka, dirka, Muhammad, jihad” from the 2004 puppet satire “Team America: World Police.” He did not violate military law, Marine officials said last week.

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