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6 Children Killed by Helicopter Attack, Iraqi Says

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Posted on May 8, 2007
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An Iraqi police officer says six children were killed when a U.S. helicopter returned fire near an Iraqi school in Diyala province, near the Iranian border. The military was unable to confirm the report but said it was investigating.


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One police officer said the helicopter was shot at from the ground during the morning.

The school was said to have been hit when the aircraft returned fire.

The officer said police had spoken to eyewitnesses and that six children had been killed and six injured but the figures have not been independently confirmed.

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By Dale Headley, May 9, 2007 at 12:25 pm Link to this comment
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So, what else is new?

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By George, May 9, 2007 at 10:09 am Link to this comment
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This story and the comments are very disturbing.

The troops are fighting a war they have been ordered to fight.
The troops are not your beef, so stop it.

If you do not agree with the whole war in Iraq, say so. Do not mock civilian deaths, the use of human shields which does happen, or the troops doing their best.

Troops involved in civilian deaths feel terrible, that is not their purpose and they try to avoid it even to the point of increasing risk to themselves.

The Iraq war is an oil grab based on lies.  Is the strategic importance of grabbing the oil worth the cost?  I do not believe so, but that is the objective of the war in Iraq.

Get off the troops, of all the people involved they are NOT the bad guys.

Of all the people involved the ONLY righteous guys are troops, and yes there are many righteous men in every sense among them.

If you start the “baby killers” bs of the Viet Nam war I am as much against you as the crooks who lied us into war to begin with.

Anyone who mocks the death of children for any reason needs to have their heads examined.

I rebuke you.

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By Dig-Deeper, May 9, 2007 at 10:07 am Link to this comment
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The basic question which this story does not try to answer, is how this unidentified “Iraqi police officer” got his information ?  Is he some Green Zone PR flak, or was he there ?  We are not told the slightest crumb of information here.  It is so insulting to the readers that I don’t believe a bit of it.

Early reports came from the hospital where the dead and wounded kids were taken, and that report - where the teachers would have been able to ggive a fuller account, did not mention ANY shhotikng from the ground towards the helicopter gunship.

If you are human, you eserve to be outraged when these basic questions aren’t even touched bu whatever ghost wrote the article.

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By Outraged, May 9, 2007 at 8:22 am Link to this comment

I don’t know who to “thank” for keeping us so safe.  Would it be Tenet, Wolfowitz, Bush, Cheney, Rice, Rove, McCain or the any of the others who pushed for this war.  You are a vicious and uncompassionate lot, the blood of the innocents is on your hands.

According to a recent article on the ThinkProgress site:

“The chance that an Iraqi child will live beyond age 5 has plummeted faster than anywhere else in the world since 1990,” according to the group Save the Children, which “placed the country last in its child survival rankings. One in eight Iraqi children died of disease or violence before reaching their fifth birthday in 2005.”

I find it impossible to see any difference between Saddam Hussein, George Bush, Dick Cheney and Osama Bin Ladin.  It’s the new daily soap opera “The Rich and the Ruthless”.  Tune in anywhere in the world.

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By QuyTran, May 8, 2007 at 7:05 pm Link to this comment

Bravo ! My Lai massacre appeared with victory against school kids in Iraq.

Congratulations to Bush/Cheney and their criminals !

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