“Collateral Murder” Video allegedly shows US forces killing two reporters and six others By Daniel Tencer



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By Daniel Tencer
Raw Story
Monday, April 5th, 2010

McChrystal: ‘We’ve shot an amazing number of people … none has proven to have been a real threat to the force’

US military personnel apparently mistook the cameras slung over the backs of two Reuters journalists for weapons when they opened fire on them and a group of people in a Baghdad suburb in 2007, recently released video footage purportedly shows.

The whistleblower Web site Wikileaks on Monday released a 17-minute video of footage from an Apache helicopter that was reportedly one of two helicopters involved in a fight against insurgents in the neighborhood of New Baghdad on July 12, 2007.

The video purportedly shows the deaths of Reuters journalists Namir Noor-Eldeen, 22 and Saeed Chmagh, 40, along with six other people on a street corner. It also shows US forces firing on a minivan in which two injured children were found.

“The military did not reveal how the Reuters staff were killed, and stated that they did not know how the children were injured,” Wikileaks states.


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Video of US attack in Iraq ‘genuine’

22 Bahman 1388 IRAN

April 06, 2010 — The editor of one of the internet’s biggest sources of classified government information says there is strong evidence to suggest that video footage of an alleged US attack on Iraqi civilians is genuine.

Julian Assange, the editor of WikiLeaks.org, told Al Jazeera that the footage, released on Sunday, corroborates witness testimony.

The video is believed to show a US helicopter firing at civilians in Iraq in 2007, during an attack in which 12 civilians were killed, the website said.


Collateral Murder

sunshinepress on Apr 3, 2010

Wikileaks has obtained and decrypted this previously unreleased video footage from a US Apache helicopter in 2007. It shows Reuters journalist Namir Noor-Eldeen, driver Saeed Chmagh, and several others as the Apache shoots and kills them in a public square in Eastern Baghdad. They are apparently assumed to be insurgents. After the initial shooting, an unarmed group of adults and children in a minivan arrives on the scene and attempts to transport the wounded. They are fired upon as well. The official statement on this incident initially listed all adults as insurgents and claimed the US military did not know how the deaths ocurred. Wikileaks released this video with transcripts and a package of supporting documents on April 5th 2010 on http://collateralmurder.com

more video coverage:

WikiLeaks releases secret video of journalists, civilians killed in Baghdad

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Avoiding Assange by Jim Kavanagh

The Killing of Khalid W. Hassan – Journalist in the Iraq War Zone By PATRICK COCKBURN

Out, Vile Jelly: The Blinding of America by Chris Floyd

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  29. This is inexcusable. How could the photographers and other civilians behavior be looked at as antagonizing? I saw nothing but people lulling about. Then the people that were “picking up the dead bodies” were murdered as well?!

    I was told be an ex marine that soldiers are programmed to believe that all civilians are worthless trash. These murderers attifudes prove that to be true. The soldiers sounded so pleased with their kills and the spoken atta boys to each other. Heck, they were looking for reasons to shoot some more. Unfortunately, these could end up being soldiers that eventually turn against themselves for the horrors that they inflicted and witnessed while protecting oil (and whatever else) interests. Karma is a bitch.

    I am so embarrassed by the actions of the U.S. government – there is nothing okay with anything that is going on anymore AT ALL.

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