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The Web site Wikileaks.org released a graphic video on Monday showing US forces firing repeatedly on people along a Baghdad street on July 12, 2007.
WikiLeaks said the attack victims included Reuters photographer Namir Noor-Eldeen, 22, and his assistant and driver Saeed Chmagh, 40. The identities of the other casualties are unknown.
The video shows military personnel aboard the Apaches indicating they spot the suspects toting several AK-47s and several RPG's. But WikiLeaks contends that the Reuters photographers were only carrying cameras, which the military mistook for weapons.
A US defense official, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed that the video and audio were authentic.
"At this time, we are working to verify the source of the video, its veracity, and when or where it was recorded," a statement from US military headquarters in Iraq said late Monday.
Wikileaks said it obtained the video "as well as supporting documents from a number of military whistleblowers."
David Schlesinger, Reuters' editor-in-chief, said the video released by WikiLeaks showed the deaths of Noor-Eldeen and Chmagh were "tragic and emblematic of the extreme dangers that exist in covering war zones."
Reuters has pressed the US military to conduct a full and objective investigation into the killing of the two staff.
The United States Central Command, which oversees the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, released late Monday the redacted report on the case, showing pictures of what it said were machine guns and grenades found near the bodies of those killed, the New York Times reported.
It also stated that the Reuters employees "made no effort to visibly display their status as press or media representatives and their familiar behavior with, and close proximity to, the armed insurgents and their furtive attempts to photograph the coalition ground forces made them appear as hostile combatants to the Apaches that engaged them."
Source: Xinhua

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Post time 2010-4-10 07:22:01 |Display all floors

Reply #1 tianyuyang's post

!"the toy game shooter"!?

U.S. GET OUT OF IRAQ
U.S. get out of Iraq

Now

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Post time 2010-4-10 07:29:17 |Display all floors

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no - it will not be running for Best Documentary Short in the 2011 Oscars
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They will not remake it as "ripped off the headline news", no maybe yes as they have read the following work to their collateral damage.  U.S. GET OUT OF IRAQ makes them a bit gun shy and there is their blunder.

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Post time 2010-4-10 08:21:47 |Display all floors

US Must NOT Get Out of Iraq

US Responsibilty.  Brings Back To Iraq Peace and Order and Stability.

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Post time 2010-4-10 08:53:55 |Display all floors

The Dark Reality of God and Democracy

One of the journalists did not die. But a few minutes later, he and two persons who tried to help were all repeatedly shot and killed. Two children in the van watched their parents shot died. I am saddened by such horror and brutality.

Can the Western politicians sleep at night?

I think the Chinese people need to see these, to understand the cruelty of the Western democracies.

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Post time 2010-4-10 09:10:52 |Display all floors
The US has absolutely no right to enter a foreign country and kill its people.

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Post time 2010-4-10 09:20:51 |Display all floors
Has BBC reported this?

Gordon Brown, I strongly urge you to respect media freedom.

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