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Leaked video tells brutal Iraq truth

Issue No. 2196

The video is graphic and disturbing and we weren’t meant to see it.

On 12 July 2007, as a group of men stroll down a Baghdad street, two US army helicopters open fire, repeatedly shooting at the men and gunning one down as he tries to flee.

They killed 12 people, including two journalists who worked for the Reuters news agency. Two children were wounded.

One shooter says, “Ha, ha, ha—I hit ‘em.” Another comments, “Look at those dead bastards.”

“Nice,” another responds.

The video has been released on the internet by the website

Later a van comes past and Iraqis stop to try to help one the wounded.

The helicopter opens fire again. Two children inside the van were wounded, and their father was killed.

When US ground troops arrive they discover the children. “Well it’s their fault,” one of the crew says, “for bringing kids into a battle.”

It is just one incident among countless others in the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan.

The army claimed the dead were all insurgents and that they had been killed in a battle.

A supposed rocket-propelled grenade was in reality a camera lens. The AK47 was in fact a camera.

Like much else in the “war on terror” it was bloody, brutal and based on a series of lies that the politicians and the military would like us to forget.

We shouldn’t, either during or after the election campaign.

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What We Think
Tue 6 Apr 2010, 18:32 BST
Issue No. 2196
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