Sunday, April 18, 2010

“We Were Told to Just Shoot People, and the Officers Would Take Care of Us”

On Monday, April 5, posted video footage from Iraq, taken from a US military Apache helicopter in July 2007 as soldiers aboard it killed 12 people and wounded two children. The dead included two employees of the Reuters news agency: photographer Namir Noor-Eldeen and driver Saeed Chmagh.

The US military confirmed the authenticity of the video.

The footage clearly shows an unprovoked slaughter, and is shocking to watch whilst listening to the casual conversation of the soldiers in the background.

As disturbing as the video is, this type of behavior by US soldiers in Iraq is not uncommon.

Truthout has spoken with several soldiers who shared equally horrific stories of the slaughtering of innocent Iraqis by US occupation forces.

Iraq War Vet: "We Were Told to Just Shoot People, and the Officers Would Take Care of Us"

h/t LRC Blog


  1. I found a post about this from one of your contributor's blogs and started to watch the video. Wow, it was so disturbing... I didn't even finish the entire thing. I couldn't believe it, they were shooting a group of people, only one of which had a weapon... but they were shooting them all, and continued to shoot them even after wounding them.

    And oh my god... when the others came to help the wounded guy (who was innocent to begin with!) and then they just killed everyone! They were trying to do a good thing.

    I absolutely hate militaries, weapons, and men who are power-crazy.

  2. Sick, sick, sick, sick, sick. The military never ceases to disgust me.

    And welcome, wallflower!

  3. And just think, some of us are itching to bring them back to the states... maybe I should rethink my position on that, for my own safety...


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