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Friday, June 02, 2006

A new Haditha?

How long before the 'lizards' chime in with their usual chorus of 'they deserved it'? Depends wether Charlie comments on it really. But as he was dismissive of Haditha, I'm sure he'll find a way to justify this alleged killing spree as well.

The BBC has uncovered new video evidence that US forces may have been responsible for the deliberate killing of 11 innocent Iraqi civilians.

The video appears to challenge the US military's account of events that took place in the town of Ishaqi in March.

The US said at the time four people died during a military operation, but Iraqi police claimed that US troops had deliberately shot the 11 people.

A spokesman for US forces in Iraq told the BBC an inquiry was under way.

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The video pictures obtained by the BBC appear to contradict the US account of the events in Ishaqi, about 100km (60 miles) north of Baghdad, on 15 March 2006.

The US authorities said they were involved in a firefight after a tip-off that an al-Qaeda supporter was visiting the house.

According to the Americans, the building collapsed under heavy fire killing four people - a suspect, two women and a child.

But a report filed by Iraqi police accused US troops of rounding up and deliberately shooting 11 people in the house, including five children and four women, before blowing up the building.

The video tape obtained by the BBC shows a number of dead adults and children at the site with what our world affairs editor John Simpson says were clearly gunshot wounds.

The pictures came from a hardline Sunni group opposed to coalition forces.

It has been cross-checked with other images taken at the time of events and is believed to be genuine, the BBC's Ian Pannell in Baghdad says.

Source: BBC NEWS

UPDATE: The American Military have cleared the troops above of any wrongdoing in Ishaki.
A US military investigation has found there was no misconduct by US troops over Iraqi civilian deaths in the town of Ishaqi, a spokesman says.

Maj Gen William Caldwell said reports that troops "executed" a family during a raid on a house in March and tried to cover it up were "absolutely false".

Questions over the 11 deaths in Ishaqi come amid a Pentagon inquiry into a bigger alleged massacre in Haditha.

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A report filed by Iraqi police accused US troops of rounding up and deliberately shooting 11 people in the house in Ishaqi, including five children and four women, before blowing up the building.

Footage shows dead at Ishaqi site
The BBC footage from Ishaqi was cross-checked with other images

Maj Gen Caldwell said the US investigation into events in Ishaqi, where the military says it was attempting to capture insurgents, had found no wrongdoing on the part of the troops.

Four bodies including that of an insurgent were found after the raid while up to nine "collateral deaths" resulted from the US raid, according to the investigation.

It added that a precise death toll could not be determined because of collapsed walls and debris.

All the correct procedures were followed when troops came under fire as they approached the house, Maj Gen Caldwell said.

"The investigation revealed the ground force commander, while capturing and killing terrorists, operated in accordance with the rules of engagement governing our combat forces in Iraq," he added.

"Allegations that the troops executed a family living in this safe house, and then hid the alleged crimes by directing an air strike, are absolutely false."

The outcome of the Pentagon investigation emerged a day after the BBC released video footage that appears to show the aftermath of US action in Ishaqi, about 100km (60 miles) north of Baghdad.

This investigation came to the conclusion without the aid of the recently released video footage of the deceased family with gunshot wounds, and anyway if they had done a thorough search of the building for terrorists, how come they missed an entire family when it came time to call in an air strike?

2 comments:

Nuclear Cop said...

Us 'leftists' don't get it. The problem is we're not killing enough civilians in Iraq:

TMF 6/1/2006 06:02PM PDT

You'd think these leftists would realize what Iraq would look like if Marines were intentionally targeting civilians on a routine basis.

Hint, lefties: the troops would be home, we'd have the fucking oil, and there would'nt be any more goddam car bombings or IEDs.

Doc NOS said...

Totally true. And not only if this information gets filtered out, but also its context. For instance, he could make the story not about a massacre, but about the manner in which the story is reported. That would allow him to appear like he is actually reporting, but allows him to both add commentary and frame the debate as a media critique.

Great blog btw, I'll be back