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Collateral Murder in Iraq

Posted on Apr 6, 2010

By Amy Goodman

A United States military video was released this week showing the indiscriminate targeting and killing of civilians in Baghdad. The nonprofit news organization WikiLeaks obtained the video and made it available on the Internet. The video was made July 12, 2007, by a U.S. military Apache helicopter gunship, and includes audio of military radio transmissions.

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Two Reuters employees—a journalist and his driver—were killed in the attack, along with at least eight other people, and two children were injured. The radio transmissions show not only the utter callousness of the soldiers, laughing and swearing as they kill, but also the strict procedure they follow, ensuring that all of their attacks are clearly authorized by their chain of command. The leaked video is a grim depiction of how routine the killing of civilians has become, and is a stark reminder of how necessary journalism is, and how dangerous its practice has become.

After photographer Namir Noor-Eldeen, 22, and his driver, Saeed Chmagh, 40, were killed, Reuters demanded a full investigation. Noor-Eldeen, despite his youth, had been described by colleagues as one of the pre-eminent war photographers in Iraq. Chmagh was a father of four.

The video shows a group of men in an open square in Baghdad, leading the two Reuters employees to a building nearby. Noor-Eldeen and Chmagh are shown, each carrying a camera with a telephoto lens. A U.S. soldier in the helicopter says: “OK, we got a target 15 coming at you. It’s a guy with a weapon.” There is much back and forth between two helicopters and ground troops in armored vehicles nearby:

“Have five to six individuals with AK-47s. Request permission to engage.”


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“Roger that. Uh, we have no personnel east of our position. So, uh, you are free to engage. Over.”

The helicopter circles around, with the cross hairs squarely in the center of the group of about eight men. WikiLeaks and its partner for this story, the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service, added subtitles to the video, as well as arrows indicating the Reuters employees.

Sustained automatic-weapon fire erupts, and most of the men are killed instantly. Noor-Eldeen runs away, and the cross hairs follow him, shooting nonstop, until he falls, dead.

The radio transmission continues, “All right, hahaha, I hit ’em ...” and then, “Yeah, we got one guy crawling around down there. ...”

Chmagh, seriously wounded, was dragging himself away from the other bodies. A voice in the helicopter, seeking a rationale to shoot, said: “Come on, buddy. All you gotta do is pick up a weapon. ... If we see a weapon, we’re gonna engage.”

A van pulled up, and several men, clearly unarmed, came out and lifted Chmagh, ostensibly to carry him to medical care. The soldiers on the Apache sought and received permission to “engage” the van and opened fire, tearing apart the front of the van and killing the men. The weapon used was a 30-millimeter machine gun, used to pierce armor. With everyone in sight apparently dead, U.S. armored vehicles moved in. When a vehicle drove over Noor-Eldeen’s corpse, an observer in the helicopter said, laughing, “I think they just drove over a body.” The troops discovered two children in the van, who had miraculously survived. One voice on the military radio requests permission to evacuate them to a U.S. military hospital. Another voice commands them to hand over the wounded children to Iraqi police for delivery to a local clinic, ensuring delayed and less-adequate treatment.

The U.S. military inquiry into the killings cleared the soldiers of any wrongdoing, and Reuters’ Freedom of Information requests for the video were denied. Despite the Pentagon’s whitewash, the attack was brutal and might have involved a war crime, since those removing the wounded are protected by the Geneva Conventions. WikiLeaks says it obtained the video “from a number of military whistle-blowers.”, founded in late 2006 as a secure site for whistle-blowers to safely release documents, has come under attack from the U.S. and other governments.

WikiLeaks has broken numerous stories and has received awards. It and members of the Icelandic Parliament are working together to make Iceland a world center of investigative journalism, putting solid free speech and privacy protections into law. The words of legendary journalist I.F. Stone still hold true: “Governments lie.” Because of that, we need courageous journalists and media workers, like Namir Noor-Eldeen and Saeed Chmagh, and we need whistle-blowers and news organizations that will carefully protect whistle-blowers’ identities while bringing their exposés to public scrutiny.

Denis Moynihan contributed research to this column.

Amy Goodman is the host of “Democracy Now!,” a daily international TV/radio news hour airing on more than 800 stations in North America. She is the author of “Breaking the Sound Barrier,” recently released in paperback and now a New York Times best-seller.

© 2010 Amy Goodman

Distributed by King Features Syndicate

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By ofersince72, April 7, 2010 at 6:13 pm Link to this comment

  video lecture by Peter Joseph   05/Apr/10 NYC

about 30 to 35 min into lecture..
a memo from Citigroup that should be heard by all

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By BR549, April 7, 2010 at 6:10 pm Link to this comment
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War casualty? The kids in the car were collateral damage? Hah, looks like murder
to me. Fry the bastards ....... and all those up the chain of command who still
haven’t figured out what this is really all about, and it isn’t power, control, oil, or

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By cmarcusparr, April 7, 2010 at 4:13 pm Link to this comment

I pay my income taxes to support these crimes!!!?

Are Americans more interested in the titillating gossip about Jesse James and Sandra Bullock than what goes on in Iraq and Afghanistan? 

Is it true, most Americans could not care less about what their government is doing in their name? Do they know less about history than how many mistresses Tiger Woods had before his wife hit him with a nine iron?

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By ofersince72, April 7, 2010 at 3:03 pm Link to this comment

Pat Tillman ...

Chomsky noted that he had made arrangements to to talk
to him as soon as he could get back to the states…
He was a hero along with his brother and mother…

Pat Tillman is still my hero,
no matter how he died.
If it weren’t for these damn resourse wars,
Today, he would still be alive.

They would like us to forget him,
like his story didn’t exist.
But I will NEVER forget him,
and continue to resist.        rest in peace Pat.

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By don knutsen, April 7, 2010 at 2:06 pm Link to this comment
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Over the years, during Vietnam we heard so much of this going on, mostly from soldiers who had returned home. It seems a predictable event when we are engaged in a war for all the wrong reasons. It is part and parcel of why we send young men and women to war. Because older, more experienced people for the most part would not engage in something as hideous as this. But why is there no discussion of how we are training our soldiers in the first place ? I believe the contempt bred into these young recruits in their training from the onset is done to a great extent by the wrong kind of individuals in the first place. They are being sent to Iraq with a predetermined mindset that allows this kind of behavior, or at the very least white-washes it when it occurs. The musseling of journalists, and in some cases apparently the out right murder of them, was done with the blessing of the Cheney administration to keep us from being aware of what we were really doing over there ( embedded journalists only ), as was the torture that he and his disturbed daughter so famously still cheerlead for despite the fact we hung other countries soldiers for using the same tactics after WW2. But there is no accountability, not from Cheney or Rummy who were calling the shots or our soldiers who so eagerly ended those dozen lives like playing a video game. In fact it appears that we are more and more waging war long distance with our drones controlled from a screen in some cases an ocean away..kinda takes the human equation out when you blow up a few families half a world away. We along the way have quit instilling any sense of honor in our soldiers, It can’t just be honor amongst themselves…they have to carry a sense of honor in themselves as human beings to other human beings as well, otherwise thats all they are, killing machines. As long as that is how we operate, we will certainly never win over any hearts to our side in any conflict.

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By amunaor, April 7, 2010 at 2:01 pm Link to this comment

(RE: Allan Krueger, April 7 at 2:11 pm
The money / lives lost in Afghanistan and Iraq for what is there today!)

Obviously, the money interests, those Wall Street Gamblers; whose share holders invest in the War Industries machinery of death and destruction only see the bottom line. Do a search on the dvd documentary: Why We Fight. It’s very illuminating as to where U.S. Company priorities lie.

The U.S. Company has been spitting molten lead; not to mention depleted uranium munitions, along with the reigning down of Shock-n-Awe upon this traumatized population for two decades now! The multinational Oil Suckers have only recently conned their right to drill-n-suck from the lucrative subsurface pools. The war-profiteers, too blood-drenched to back-peddle now, can do nothing but murder anyone that stands in the way from taking a well earned sip. Also, the side benefit of violence within the region guarantees high $ returns on their pirated liquid booty.

Peace, Best Wishes and Hope

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By Jeremy, April 7, 2010 at 1:23 pm Link to this comment
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I am ashamed to be an American, but not because what I saw on the gun camera footage, or what I heard on the same. I am ashamed because we’ve become so polarized and ignorant that we just “pre-believe” whatever garbage the particular news agency we subscribe to shoves down our throats. Try doing some research before regurgitating some some polished marketing product that was carefully crafted to fit someone else’s agenda.

When we watch the video, we hear the radio traffic and see only the gun camera footage. People fail to recognize that the pilots were also using their naked eyes and possibly other instrumentation or optic devices to take in what was happening in that neighborhood on that day. I think the pilots probably had a better perspective to see weapons and hostile intent than John Q Public sitting at home in their living room watching a grainy video tape edited by an organization with an obvious agenda.

Several other sites have analyzed the footage and discerned that some of the men did in fact have weapons, to include a rocket propelled grenade launcher and extra rounds for it. The fact that the men had these weapons was verified by US ground forces when they arrived on the scene immediately after the engagement. I have read that Wikileaks has un-redacted photographs of the weapons found on the scene but has not posted them because they don’t support Wikileaks agenda.

As far as the language/demeanor of the pilots, it is war, and men and women that wage war develop a sort of cynacism to their work. One post suggests that the pilots seemed to enjoy killing those people. They probably did, because those people were the ones that were attempting to engage their comrades on the ground. That is the sole mission of Close Air Support. Their purpose is to protect our soldiers and strike at an enemy before than enemy can send our citizens home in boxes. I always hoped they appreciated their work when they were flying in support of my missions in Iraq.

Soldiers don’t kill without ramifications. Those ramifications may not manifest themselves in legalities, but every soldier pays some price for what they’ve done. Regardless the status of those killed, the pilots acted in defense of their countrymen and followed the rules of engagement and shouldn’t be demonized by a populace of sheeple that have no idea what being in a warzone is all about. You don’t know what these men have seen or had to do. You don’t know what nightmares they have or what price they are paying right now.

Question the government’s reasoning for Iraq, but don’t criminalize men for acting in defense of their own. And please, I beg of you, stop being ignorant and start looking at the world objectively and make your own decisions about the truth. Don’t just take the pre-packaged ones that they want to give you because you think that they’re the best ones for you.

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By iska, April 7, 2010 at 1:07 pm Link to this comment

@JDmysticDJ, Stephen Pitt, PSmith:

yes, the point is: whom to believe ? so i’m relying on journalists to cover all the angles of a story. At least they could mention this controversy so I don’t have to “discover” it myself.

PS: i can’t make myself to watch this video to the end, it’s too sickening. It was tough going to sleep last night after 5mn of this. War is evil and those US soldiers make me ashamed to be american. But, had I been born poor in the south, would I have become one of them ?

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By balkas, April 7, 2010 at 1:04 pm Link to this comment

Folks, the indian wars have not ended. What has changed since turkey-shoots of the buffalolanders?
Well, only ‘better’ weapons used by soldiers.
Those who commamded slaughter of the people [or animals]of the redlands are commanding slaughter of neo-indians.
There is no force in the world that will even slow dwn the death of neoanimals let alone stop it.
As US had said tacitly: be with us or else.
So expect much more bloodshed of the ‘animals’.

Let’s not beat bush or around bushes: It is US who is slaughtering people and not truman, clinton, nixon, johnson, et al.
Presidents come and go as well as judiciary and congress people but US foreign policy remains the same: grab as much land as possible, but not with maximum damage- just enough!

After all US cld have already nuked pashtustan or a few more japanese cities. But, don`t be surprised if US uses wmd against pashtuns! tnx

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By Jimnp72, April 7, 2010 at 12:30 pm Link to this comment

It bears pointing out that especially in the recession, coupled with our joke of a
public education system, young men are leaving high school in our impoverished
areas and have zero future, so they turn to the military to give them some kind of
life. So instead of using these able young people for the public good, they are put
into Korporate bloodbaths as cannon fodder for the military industrial korpocracy.
If only the Korportists could find a way to rape huge profits out of peace as they
do with war, then perhaps things will change.
Pity the guy coming home with multiple murders on his mind and is given a hero’s
welcome. pity the people who think he is a hero.
Im getting ready to pay my taxes next week and notice that Exxon Mobil, as well
as two thirds of other “U.S.” corporations wont have to pay any.
Wish I was a corporation too.

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By Yuvid 1, April 7, 2010 at 12:04 pm Link to this comment
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The United States has become the leading fascist state for this era.  It won’t be long before our soldiers out-do the SS soldiers (in atrocities) of the Nazi era.

For the people out there that choose to follow the military line, yeah you, go ahead and bury your head in the sand. This is similar to the folks that saw the Jew’s being loaded into box cars and said and did nothing.

For starters, if you have any conscience at all, send this video to every person on your email list. That is easy and it is doing something.  Sharing this information is important.  Do you think FOX News will report on this and show the video.

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By JDmysticDJ, April 7, 2010 at 11:53 am Link to this comment


“According to the Army report, some people were carrying RPGs and AK-47, hence the confusion. This article should state this important fact.”

The historical record is clear, from body counts, through documented cover-ups of massacres and atrocities, (Including McCrhytal’s cover-up of the Tillman affair,) “Army reports” have proven to be less than factual.

I understand your desire to make the glass half full, but the glass has been shattered, and it will not hold a drop of justification, unless one believes that war itself makes atrocity in some way justifiable, as some apparently do.

It is logical to blame societies for war, but societies are always divided on issues, and identifying sub groups that advocate or oppose societal policies is unavoidable. Rational, unapologetic criticism of sub groups that perpetuate pathology serves to diminish the influence of those pathological sub groups.

Human beings do have a free will, and they make choices. Individuals sometimes make choices which cause their selves to be ostracized, placed in detention, or worse. Hopefully the choices people make will be the result of reasoned conscience and pursuit of virtue, and not simply one of self serving convenience, a desire to achieve acceptance within corrupt societies, or the result of functioning within an intellectual or spiritual void.

Contrary to what the cynics may say, I believe, as I’m sure you do, it’s possible, and imperative, to bring some light to the void, whether one considers the void to be intellectual, spiritual, or both.

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By oldnyt923, April 7, 2010 at 11:50 am Link to this comment
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Americans should hope that your government remains focused on foreign wars.

If you ever bring the armed forces home and stop making war on the rest of the world, the only people to disciplined and shot will be you.

The US armed forces are well trained, effective and loyal to their chain of command. They’d be all dressed with nowhere to go. Gotta use them for something.

Going after one’s own citizens is often a sign of empire in decline.

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By firefly, April 7, 2010 at 11:30 am Link to this comment

What is so sickening about this is not only the contempible way that camera men were gunned down (the way they were walking should have been enough to suggest that they weren’t carrying weapons), but the worst is when unarmed men come to rescue the bodies and are mowed down. That is so disgusting. What on earth has happened to the mindset of the AMerican military. How power (superpower) totally rotted any semblance of humanity and decency? Has power made America so utterly corrupt and immoral? There is nothing worse that abuse of power. Power should only be in the hands of those who are honorable and accountable. Shame on America!!!!

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By Allan Krueger, April 7, 2010 at 11:11 am Link to this comment

Our moral authority is, in the words of Ernie Harwell, LONG GONE!

The money / lives lost in Afghanistan and Iraq for what is there today! We decapitated Saddam - BIG DEAL! We and they, purple fingers included, are no better off today than they were 7 or 8 years ago!

We have seen the enemy and it is US!

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By Anonymous Coward, April 7, 2010 at 10:37 am Link to this comment
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I watched the video, ready in my mind to condemn trigger-happy Apache pilots and the inevitable cover-up.

Instead, what I saw was this:

Apache pilots, responding to a US convoy under small arms fire:
1) During the most dangerous month of the war, July 2007 (I was about 30 miles north of Baghdad at this time in the middle of my tour)
2) In one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in Iraq at the time

Under normal circumstances, the commander of the land-owning battalion (“Bushmaster Seven” in the video) would have access to the video feed of the choppers. Sometimes, they do not.

The Apache pilots sounds horrible in their radio chatter. Like aggressive, ready to kill cowboys. I have to stand against the comments and say that this is the swagger that these pilots typpically assume to balance out the life and death power of their weapons. Sounds counter-intuitive, but gallows humor is the only thing that keeps you sane in these types of situations.

Watching the video in real time, with no zoom, I saw what looked to be at least 1 Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) and at least 2 AK-47’s. That’s enough to engage, according to the Rules of Engagement at the time. Now, with the hindsight knowing two of the men were reporters, I can kind of see one item could be a telescopic lens. But when you take a covered fighting position with a suspected RPG, and begin to aim towards a known US convoy position (this is what the radio chatter describes), then the Apaches were justified to request and receive permission to open fire. I would have made the same call, at the time. A horrible, horrible decision to take so many lives, this is the decision these men and women have to make.

I am not going to make the same defense for the subsequent attack. I didn’t see the things the Apaches were describing, but then again I only have the radio chatter and one video feed.

Before you ask, I was and still am against going into Iraq. I went over there because I wanted to fix the things I saw we were doing poorly or not at all. But that decision was made, and we can’t stick our head in the sand or try to shake the Etch-a-Sketch and wipe the slate clean.

I know this is a long post, but I feel this forum is very one-sided, and I was dissapointed in the knee-jerk reactions. I know I am going to be considered bias because of my military experience, but this also gives me insight into what was going on in the minds of the Apache pilots, the soldiers on the ground and the commander making the decisions.

If we had the opinion of an Iraq reporter or civilian or insurgent, perhaps we’d have some balance to the discussion.

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By amunaor, April 7, 2010 at 10:35 am Link to this comment

Let’s stop this psycho-manic depravity.
The Industry of War is manufacturing cold-blooded, callous serial killers…....murderers!

The ‘forward-looking’ Obama administration is refusing to call for a new probe into the US military’s killing of twelve Iraqis despite the public release of video footage capturing the attack on tape. Earlier this week, the watchdog website WikiLeaks released a classified US military video showing a US helicopter gunship indiscriminately firing on Iraqi civilians in 2007.

The Pentagon, meanwhile, is claiming it can no longer find its copy of the video footage. Military officials say they’re trying to track it down from the unit that investigated the attack. The video was never publicly released and only came to light after at least one source inside the military released it to WikiLeaks. (I’m sure WikiLeaks won’t mind lending the War Industry of Death a legitimate copy!)

Full Story:

If one of us were to grab a rifle and proceed to kill people in the street, any one of us would be arrested and charged with murder and executed by the state. But, under the magical guise of war, anything goes, carte blanche murder is legitimized; murder is good; murder is okay; murder of thousands, hundreds of thousands, even millions is acceptable, without question or shudder. In this place persons are encouraged to exhibit their deepest darkest depths of depravity, rewarded by a high-5, pat on the back along with the encouraging laughter of words, “good shoot – just look at that pile of dead bastards over there”. Let’s give the shooter a medal and smiley-face sticker!

This video reveals only the very tip of a very large iceberg! All mothers and fathers should be ashamed of turning their sons and daughters over to the Corporate Industry of War, who train their blood to rise up and become serial killers for the Company.

This video is reminiscent of stories from Wounded Knee. After heading the savages into a boxed canyon, it becomes a turkey-shoot; depicting U.S., overwhelming, superior fire-power. The Question remains! Who are the real savages and barbarians in this picture?

Every man women and child should be exposed to the dark underbelly of this iceberg! Shielding the eyes and ears only promotes its cancerous clutch and growth. We really have lost our sight of the forest for the trees!

In Memory of Reuters photo journalist Namir Noor-Eldeen along with those millions of other innocent souls which have been violently wrenched from their bodies in similar senseless fashion:

Peace, Best Wishes and Hope

The forces in the universe are neither good nor evil. But, misappropriated into the hands of those who perceive those forces as weapons of power, then do they manifest as evil.

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By LocalHero, April 7, 2010 at 10:03 am Link to this comment

These guys in the helicopter are dangerous psychopaths. Just like they were designed by the U.S. military.

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By LocalHero, April 7, 2010 at 9:54 am Link to this comment

“The death of school children does not condemn the unit that committed this atrocity,..”

Are you joking? It absolutely condemns them. They should be tried for murder.

“Those who inevitably call our troops various epithets have never, I suspect, been in combat.”

That’s right. I got a conscience (and learned how to read books that aren’t military propaganda) BEFORE I signed up to go murder people I’ve never met and have no grievance against.

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By Stephen Pitt, April 7, 2010 at 7:58 am Link to this comment
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Don’t even try it, propagandists.

The “AK-47” was the camera man’s tripod.  The camera and lens was the “RPG.”

Clearly, there were no weapons, and any continuing reportage of them is simply bald-faced parroting attempting to cover up what we all saw.

The additional killing was a war crime on it’s face. Murdering the wounded and those in the van-body/wounded retrievers-is a most serious violation.

So please don’t waste your time inventing non-existent weaponry. This was murder.

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By tomack, April 7, 2010 at 6:14 am Link to this comment

So far in 2010 there have been over a dozen attacks, mostly car bombs, in Baghdad causing over 500 deaths and about a thousand casulties; the vast majority innocents—just like the kids and reporters in this video. And that’s only what’s been reported to OUR eyes. 

Yeah, we did good. Fixed it all up. The Surge worked. Democracy in motion.

It worked so good we’re playing the act again. This time with a new director and cast.


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By Ouroborus, April 7, 2010 at 4:40 am Link to this comment

You don’t like this? You bought it! Lock, stock, and
Welcome to the new normal! You allowed it; you change
it! Dead simple!

Everything else is just bullshit!

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By ardee, April 7, 2010 at 4:34 am Link to this comment

This is the ugly face of war, any war, all wars. This is why war is not a reasonable way to resolve conflict, not ever, no matter what the scenario.

Yes, several AK-47’s were indeed found among the bodies, yes one RPG was found as well. Yes, the particular unit of American forces involved had been taking fire and casualties from this area for over a month, and , yes, the raiding of a local mosque had uncovered a large cache of weapons.

The death of school children does not condemn the unit that committed this atrocity, nor does it condemn the AlQaeda or Taliban soldier who, as do our own troops, attempt the impossible. This is a condemnation of our leaders, those on both sides who, from the safety of their respective positions, commit men and women to such impossible situations because they can.

Those who inevitably call our troops various epithets have never, I suspect, been in combat. Nor do they understand the damage that will follow these men for the rest of their lives. I therefore urge this forum, as one who has experienced such as this, to place the blame where it belongs; on the American people who allow themselves to be manipulated by the amoral leadership we elect, time after time.

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By iska, April 7, 2010 at 12:29 am Link to this comment

This video makes me sick BUT why doesn’t the article mention that weapons were found at the scene ? According to the Army report, some people were carrying RPGs and AK-47, hence the confusion. This article should state this important fact.

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By David Reese, April 6, 2010 at 11:32 pm Link to this comment
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The video speaks for itself.  No comment is necessary.

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By JDmysticDJ, April 6, 2010 at 10:53 pm Link to this comment

The truth always comes out, one way or another. In war, the truth is never what obfuscators, deniers, and apologists claim it to be. The truth shatters myths and presumptions, and it frequently denies glory to those who are unjustly perceived as being deserving. Medals and honors are frequently accompanied by unexplained cases of PTSD, which I believe are caused by an inability to recognize, or escape the truth.

Are there heroes in uniform? I believe there are, but, I believe, they are not those who kill out of fear, a blind sense of duty, or out of perverse camaraderie, they are those who come to oppose the killing, and publicly state their opposition.

Major General Smedley Butler, (The most decorated Marine in history, and a two time recipiant of the Congressional Medal of Honor,) said, “War is a Racket.”  Most wars are “Rackets,” and they are exceptionally cruel and vicious ”Rackets.” Those who participate in, and endorse wars of empire, aggression, and indiscriminate retribution are either: morally naïve and misguided, fools, or the worst sort of brutal thugs.

We should have compassion for the sufferings of soldiers, but we should be outraged by the sufferings of those who are listed simply as “Collateral damage,” the hapless victims of racketeers, thugs, and their immoral apologists.

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By antispin, April 6, 2010 at 9:51 pm Link to this comment

Based on the following, it looks like this was the peak of “The Surge” and when the acclamation of US MSM punditry (including NPR) was that “the surge is working:”

From Wiki:

The five U.S. Army brigades committed to Iraq as part of the surge were

  1. 2nd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division (Infantry): 3,447 troops. Deployed to Baghdad, January 2007
  2. 4th Brigade, 1st Infantry Division (Infantry): 3,447 troops. Deployed to Baghdad, February 2007
  3. 3rd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division (Heavy): 3,784 troops. Deployed to southern Baghdad Belts, March 2007
  4. 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division (Stryker): 3,921 troops. Deployed to Diyala province, April 2007
  5. 2nd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division (Heavy): 3,784 troops. Deployed to the southeast of Baghdad, May 2007


The plan began with a major operation to secure Baghdad, codenamed Operation Fardh al-Qanoon (Operation Imposing Law), which was launched in February 2007. However, only in mid-June 2007, with the full deployment of the 28,000 additional U.S. troops, could major counter-insurgency efforts get fully under way. Operation Phantom Thunder was launched throughout Iraq on June 16, with a number of subordinate operations targeting insurgents in Diyala province, Anbar province and the southern Baghdad Belts. The additional surge troops also participated in Operation Phantom Strike and Operation Phantom Phoenix, named after the III “Phantom” Corps which was the major U.S. unit in Iraq throughout 2007.

These guys were there to get results.  Ugh.

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By gerard, April 6, 2010 at 9:11 pm Link to this comment

So sad to see our once-great country descend into hell voluntarily—and paying billions every step of the way.  How I wish for a miracle of people rising up to should STOP! to this continuing insanity day after day!  Pray for rain!  Pray for peace!  Pray for some magical healing of the insane cold-blooded rage that is American military power.

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By Richard_Ralph_Roehl, April 6, 2010 at 9:05 pm Link to this comment

The violent evil beast that capitalist/fascist Amerika has become tempts fate… and it invites a horrifying karma begging for nuclear evaporation.

Behold! See the vicious savage beast that Amerika has become! See the evil that Amerika spreads across the world. Amerika is more hypocrisy that democracy… and the world will not tolerate this war mongering whore much longer.

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By Arm, April 6, 2010 at 7:31 pm Link to this comment
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Disgusting!!  They seemed to enjoy killing those people.  We need to get out of Iraq and the rest of the world.  We have become an imperialist country!!  No wonder the whole world hates us.

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By Jimnp72, April 6, 2010 at 6:06 pm Link to this comment

These journalists are real heroes, so are the whistleblowers. What a bunch of
cold-blooded-killers who have satanic delight in their ‘work.’
The military is a culture of killing and brutality.If you have any doubts about
killing, then you dont belong in the military. period.
Then they come back here and become cops and jailers.
The military is overbloated financially to the obscene,as is our ridiculous and
criminal penal system. I think the penal system and the military system have a lot
in common.
This country is so friggin’ stupid in so many ways.
I enjoy giving the peace sign when I see an oncoming vehicle with the usmc front
plate displayed.

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