US Forces Kill Journalists
Leaked Video Clip Shows Military Incompetence
A new internet site, wikileaks.org released a video report yesterday (April 5th, 2010) that contained classified US military helicopter footage of people being gunned down in broad daylight on a Bagdad street. Among those killed in the shooting spree, were two members of staff from the international news agency Reuters. Photographer Namir Noor-Eldeen, 22, and driver Saeed Chmagh, 40, were both killed in a U.S. helicopter air strike in eastern Baghdad on July 12, 2007. Nine other people were killed in the incident, others escaped with severe bullet injuries, including two children.The US military claimed the attack was in response, to security forces coming under fire at the moment. The video clip showed contrary to the military’s claim and no people within the surrounding area were a direct threat or hostile to the Apache gunship helicopter or forces nearby. This embarrassing revelation, also calls into question how many other incidents were products of irrational indiscriminate killings, that didn’t figure high profile personnel, but just ordinary civilians.
Four other journalists and an Iraqi translator working for Reuters have been killed by American soldiers in Iraq. The US Military claims its soldiers all acted within the “rules of engagement”, and regretted the loss of the journalists killed in the line of fire.According, to data gathered by the New York-based ‘Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), 179 reporters and media assistants have been killed, since the Iraq invasion.