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Song About Killing Iraqis To Be Taped

A radio talk show host will record and release a song a Marine corporal wrote about killing members of an Iraqi family, a spokesman for the show said.

The song's author, Cpl. Joshua Belile, will not sing in the studio recording of "Hadji Girl," but he may receive royalties if "The Mike Church Show" charges for downloads. Church, the conservative host, will sing and release the song on the air next week, executive producer James Parker said Wednesday.

"We originally wanted Josh to sing the song, but the Marines are kind of gagging him on it," Parker said.

There was no answer early Thursday at the extension for spokeswoman Maj. Shawn Haney of the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, and Belile did not return messages. Belile has said he wants the song publicly released on Church's program.

"Hadji Girl" first surfaced in a four-minute video circulated on the Internet. In the clip, Belile sings about a Marine who falls in love with an Iraqi woman and is then attacked by members of her family. The Marine, in turn, kills the family members.

The song prompted an outcry from the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which brought the video to the Pentagon's attention. Spokesman Ibrahim Hooper said the song was insensitive and glamorized the killing of Iraqi civilians.

Marine Corps officials said last week that Belile did not violate military law with the song.

"It's unfortunate that anyone would try and exploit this situation for personal gain," Hooper said Wednesday. "We had hoped the song had been put to rest by the military's decision."

Belile has said his song was a joke and not connected to any wrongdoing.

Alan Grossman, co-owner of Spencer-based Hits Music Studios, which will produce the song, said the song is clearly a joke.

"It's harmless. It's a spoof," Grossman said. "There's a difference between a stupid little ditty and someone out in the desert killing people for no reason."

"The Mike Church Show" is broadcast on Sirius Satellite Radio.

The debate over the song comes as details emerged of a former Army private accused in the horrific rape and killing of a young Iraqi woman and the execution-style slaying of her family.

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