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US lied to cover up massacres in Iraq

Issue No. 1995

The US has been caught trying to lay the blame for a massacre of Iraqi civilians on the resistance. The revelations come as reports of two new attrocities have surfaced.

The US claimed that one soldier and 15 Iraqi civilians— including seven women and three children—were killed by an insurgent attack on the town of Haditha in November.

But an investigation by Time magazine exposed the story as a lie. Time discovered that US troops went on the rampage through the town in revenge for the death of a Marine earlier that day.

Soldiers then tried to cover up the murders by claiming the civilians were killed by an insurgent bomb.

The revelation comes after the killing of 37 worshipers on 26 March during a US raid on a Shia Muslim mosque in eastern Baghdad.

The US claimed the men were killed after they fired on troops. But locals say that the men were executed by an Iraqi death squad under the control of a US officer.

The attack on the mosque came the day after Iraqi police published an official report on a massacre in the village of Abu Sifa, 37 miles north of Baghdad.

In that attack, which took place on 15 March, 11 civilians were killed, including four children and a six month old baby.

The report states, “US forces gathered the family in one room and executed 11 people, including five children, four women and two men, then they bombed the house, burned three vehicles and killed their animals.”

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Sat 8 Apr 2006, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1995
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