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KeepItReal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-06-10 02:11 AM
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219. Leaked U.S. video shows deaths of Reuters' Iraqi staffers
Source: Reuters

Classified U.S. military video showing a 2007 attack by Apache helicopters that killed a dozen people in Baghdad, including two Reuters news staff, was released on Monday by a group that promotes leaking to fight government and corporate corruption.
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Major Shawn Turner, a spokesman for U.S. Central Command, said an investigation of the incident shortly after it occurred found that U.S. forces were not aware of the presence of the news staffers and thought they were engaging armed insurgents.
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The gunsight tracks two of the men, identified by WikiLeaks as the Reuters news staff, as the fliers identify their cameras as weapons. Military spokesman Turner said that during the engagement, the helicopter mistook a camera for a rocket-propelled grenade launcher.
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Assange (Julian Assange, a WikiLeaks spokesman) said he disagreed with a U.S. military assessment that the attack was justified.
"I believe that if those killings were lawful under the rules of engagement, then the rules of engagement are wrong, deeply wrong," he said. The fliers in the video act "like they are playing a computer game and their desire is they want to get high scores" by killing opponents, he said.


Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/topNews/idUSTRE6344FW201...



Here's an additional page dedicated to the Reuters cameramen:

http://www.thebaron.info/namirnooreldeenandsaeedchmagh....
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