< HOME  Friday, June 02, 2006

they can kill, but they can’t hide

For many of us, it's been clear for some time now that US troops have been indiscriminately killing Iraqi civilians. Thankfully, the myriad crimes have now made front page news and the soldiers who committed them - and their commander in chief - will no longer be able to hide from the images of their defenseless victims, or from the world.
The video aired on Friday shows footage of a March 15 US military raid in the village of Ishaqi, about 80km north of Baghdad.

The US military had said four people died when the military attacked a house suspected of holding an al-Qaeda operative. The house was destroyed.

But footage shot by a news cameraman at the time shows at least five children dead.

'They wanted to hide the evidence'

The video also shows at least one adult male and four young children with obvious entry wounds to the head. One child has an obvious entry wound to the side caused by a bullet.

Locals said there were 11 total dead. They said they were killed by US troops before the house was levelled.

The video includes a man saying there were "children were stuck in the room, alone and surrounded.

"After they handcuffed them they shot them dead. Later they struck the house with their planes. They wanted to hide the evidence. Even a six-month-old infant was killed. Even the cows were killed."

Other video shows the bodies of three children in the back of a pickup truck that took them to the hospital in Tikrit, Saddam Hussein's former hometown.

On Thursday, the US military's major general William Caldwell said "about three or four" inquiries were being carried out.

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A man was shot in Hamandiya, near Baghdad, in April. The Iraqi was reportedly dragged from his home and killed by U.S. military personnel.

The Los Angeles Times and NBC News said troops may have planted an AK-47 and shovel near the body to make it appear the man was an insurgent burying a roadside bomb.

Seven Marines and a Navy corpsman could face murder, kidnapping and conspiracy charges as early as Friday, according to a defense attorney.

And those are the ones we know about. How many more remain hidden in the graves of silent victims?

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UPDATE:

The results of a US probe into the incident in Ishaqi cleared US troops of any wrongdoing.

On the Ishaqi incident, military officials described a night-time raid aimed at finding a specific guerrilla, who then fled the building but was later caught. Another guerrilla who fired from the building was killed in the raid, they said.

"The forces, upon arrival, began taking direct fire from the building. As the enemy fire persisted, the ground force commander appropriately reacted by incrementally escalating the use of force from small arms fire to rotary wing aviation, and then to close air support, ultimately eliminating the threat," Caldwell said.

"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," Caldwell said.
But . . .
A senior Iraqi police officer said autopsies showed each had been shot in the head.
Pretty remarkable coincidence for all the victims to have been shot in the head from outside the house.
Television footage showed the bodies in the Tikrit morgue. Their wounds were not clear, but one infant had a gaping head wound.

Describing that day, Ibrahim Khalaf told Reuters Television U.S. troops attacked his brother Faez's house before raiding his own home. Death certificates from the hospital where the victims were taken said they died of gunshot wounds.

"They started shooting in the air before entering the house. This process lasted for about 20 minutes and after that they entered the house and started shooting inside it," he said.
Given the fact that the investigative report from Haditha turned out to be a coverup, it is not far-fetched to suspect that this one might be too.

6 Comments:

At Friday, June 02, 2006, Anonymous Mighty Thor said...

Orwellian Strategy Of "Perpetual War" In Action
(Mighty Thor, 2 Jun 06)

Yes folks, and pls ck www.Judicial-inc.biz for more expo (well-illustrated, too) on the deliberate incitement of atrocities and outrages by Israelis against the civilian population. Cui bono?

Doesn't it make sense?--now when more terrorism is inflicted against people of USA by Israeli-Jew agents, blamed upon Muslims, the mass, corporate "Jews-media" will have fun inciting YET MORE WAR, this time against Iran, evidently, or maybe Syria, who knows?

The crux to the "perpetual war" machine is the US Federal Reserve Bank counterfeiting scam--it must be removed at all costs.

And how is Bush II different fm Ken Lay, ex-CEO of the former ENRON? Lay looted ENRON; Bush II is methodically deconstructing USA, welcoming the illegal alien invaders--all this at behest of Council on Foreign Relations (CFR--see JBS.org). Honest elections and death to the Fed. Thor

 
At Friday, June 02, 2006, Blogger thepoetryman said...

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/5042036.stm

I found this recent story about the outcome of our investigation and all soldiers were exanerated in this particular incident... I do not understand it all yet, but we had best get to the business of impeachment before the whole of the Middle East swallows us and all our troops are swept into a mass retaliation from a very large number holding grievances toward the US... We'll not be able to call them "terrorists" or "insurgents"...It will be a soveriegn nation(s) of citizens marching right over us!

Bush has to go or we will never recover... Or so I fear.

 
At Friday, June 02, 2006, Blogger qrswave said...

More news on the Ishaqi incident:

"The charges against the American troops have already driven a wedge between the US military and Iraq’s new Government. Responding to the alleged massacre of 24 Iraqis in al-Haditha in November, Nouri al-Maliki, the Iraqi Prime Minister, accused US troops of habitually killing unarmed civilians. He said that violence against civilians by coalition troops was a “daily phenomenon” and that many troops “do not respect the Iraqi people. They crush them with their vehicles and kill them just on a suspicion or a hunch.”

Ordering an Iraqi investigation of the al-Haditha incident, Mr al-Maliki demanded the US files into the alleged massacre. He was speaking hours before the BBC broadcast video footage on Thursday suggesting that there may have been another massacre in Ishaqi, north of Baghdad, on March 15.

Last night the Pentagon said that despite the new footage, which appeared to contradict the US military account of events in Ishaqi, a military investigation had cleared all troops involved of misconduct.

The US military account in March said that as US-led forces approached the house of a suspected al-Qaeda operative, they came under fire. The troops called in an airstrike and the building was destroyed, with an insurgent, two women and a child killed.

However, the video footage shows at least five children dead, four of whom appeared to have bullet wounds to the head. Local Iraqi police officials said that the US troops kept an entire unarmed family handcuffed in a room for an hour, before spraying them with bullets. They then blew up the building.

Last night Major-General William Caldwell said that “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”.

He added: “A thorough investigation . . . revealed that the ground force commander, while capturing and killing terrorists, operated in accordance with the rules of engagement governing our combat forces in Iraq.”

For the first time Pentagon officials last night added to their previous description of the Ishaqi incident, saying that an AC-130 gunship — an aircraft that pummels its target with side-firing guns — had been involved in the assault. "


Something tells me that, within a few days, more information is going to surface on this incident that contradicts the US report.

The Iraqi PM is going to come under intense pressure by both sides - the US and Iraqis. Unfortunately for him, the US expects him to close the case, while Iraqis expect him to conduct an independent investigation.

 
At Saturday, June 03, 2006, Blogger thepoetryman said...

"Unfortunately for him, the US expects him to close the case, while Iraqis expect him to conduct an independent investigation."

Has a familiar ring to it, eh?

 
At Sunday, June 04, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's the scary part of all this: these troops are cutting their teeth on tactics they will most likely employ in the U.S. when the Busheviks stage their next 9/11 in order to declare martial law and justify bombing Iran.

These bloody chickens are coming home to roost sooner than anybody thinks.

 
At Tuesday, June 06, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Too little reporting and too late-for years Iraqi victims reports have been ignored. Now things get ugly and stories are released by those amongst elites who are discontent at the way this Tragic farce is being played out.

BUT THE COWARDS AND THE PUBLIC BETTER HAVE THE CAPACITY TO SHOW-AS GENITAL WILLIAM BOYKIN DID TALKED ABOUT IN THE NY -TIMES--OPERATION PHOENIX- THE EL SALVADOR OPTION-DEATH SQUAD MILITIAS FUNDED, ARMED AND TRAINED-VIA THE IRAQ INTERIOR MINISTRY AND cia/DIA/SPEICAL OPS CONNECTIONS--------FUCK YOUR TROOPS -GET THEM HOME- THEY'VE FOLLOWED ENOUGH BAD ORDERS AND NEED TO GO HOME TO BE SAFE INSTEAD OF DOING A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF THE KILLING FOR THE EL DORADO AND CORTEZ KILLERS

-don't waste your time here with threads---this is time to mobilize- one neighbour, street, community- and onward at a time----you can't change the world through insightful threads

 

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