Iraq is imploding
Two more Iraqis - both women - were shot dead at a checkpoint by US forces. One of them was pregnant. Between this, the Haditha massacre, and the state of emergency in Basra, there is NO WAY that US forces can continue to occupy Iraq.
Two Iraqi women were shot to death north of Baghdad after coalition forces fired on a vehicle that failed to stop at an observation post, the U.S. military said Wednesday. Iraqi police and relatives said one of the women was about to give birth.Did they really fail to stop? Was the area really clearly marked? It's still too early to know.
A car entered a clearly marked prohibited area near coalition troops at an observation post but failed to stop despite repeated visual and auditory warnings, the U.S. military said in a statement e-mailed to The Associated Press.
"Shots were fired to disable the vehicle," the statement said. "Coalition forces later received reports from Iraqi police that two women had died from gunshot wounds ... and one of the females may have been pregnant."You don't shoot at the windshield to "disable" a vehicle.
"The loss of life is regrettable and coalition forces go to great lengths to prevent them," the military said.Good God. Must they always wait until they're exposed to 'release a statement'?
The statement was issued after Iraqi police said a pregnant woman and her cousin were killed by American troops while driving to a maternity hospital in Samarra, a predominantly Sunni city 60 miles north of Baghdad.
AP Television News footage showed the women's bodies wrapped in sheets and lying on stretchers outside the Samarra General Hospital, while residents pointed to bullet holes on the windshield of a car and a pool of blood on the seat.This simply can't go on much longer. The situation is out of control.
"I was with the victims, one of them was pregnant and about to give birth," said a woman who did not give her name but said she was a relative of the victims.
U.S. officials expressed regret that American troops had shot and killed two Iraqi women — one of them pregnant — whose car had entered a restricted area north of Baghdad on Tuesday.Just as I suspected.* * *
A survivor of the incident who identified himself as a relative of the women told the Associated Press that he did not see any warnings, and said the post was new and unknown to many residents.