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Khephra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 08:14 PM
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U.S.: Troops Within Rules in Reuters (Reporter Shooting) Case
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- U.S. soldiers acted within the rules on opening fire when they shot and killed a Reuters television cameraman last month while videotaping near a U.S.-run prison on the outskirts of Baghdad, a U.S. Army officer said Monday.

Mazen Dana, 41, was filming outside Abu Ghraib prison in western Baghdad when he was fatally shot Aug. 17 by U.S. soldiers who the military said mistook his camera for a rocket-propelled grenade launcher. Dana, a Palestinian, was filming a day after a mortar attack in which six prisoners were killed and about 60 were wounded.

Lt. Col. George Krivo, a military spokesman, said an official investigation concluded that "although a regrettable incident," the soldiers "acted within the rules of engagement."

The U.S. Army has never publicly announced those rules, citing security of its soldiers, who face near-daily attack by insurgents opposed to the American military occupation.

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http://www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/world/wire/sns-...

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ixion Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 08:18 PM
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1. Rules: shoot first, ask questions later...
this is really sad. :-(
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leesa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 09:49 PM
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4. Shoot first, make up the "rules" later
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FlemingsGhost Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 08:48 PM
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2. And the press loves Bush, why?
Reminds me of the battered wife, as she tends to her injuries, refusing to press charges:

"I just know this is the last time. One more chance, because I love him so..."
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leesa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 09:48 PM
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3. Secret rules...security, of course
The supporters of these murderous thugs in the Bush Crime Family must be despised by God.
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stickdog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-23-03 01:27 AM
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5. Rules: Kill all journalists who have ever given us any trouble. (NT)
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depakid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-23-03 02:36 AM
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6. I wonder if killing the tiger at the zoo was within the rules, too?
I betcha so-

According to US military spokesman in Iraq, Lieutenant George Krivo, the soldier had apparently tried to feed the big cat and "the tiger then engaged the soldier's arm."
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booksenkatz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-23-03 04:12 AM
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7. "Rules"="bag limit"/nt
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