Discussion in 'Middle East - General' started by Annie, Mar 20, 2006.
Iraqis Accuse U.S. Marines of 'Massacre'
By BASSEM MROUE, Associated Press Writer
2 hours ago
BAGHDAD, Iraq - Shortly after a roadside bomb killed a U.S. Marine in a western Iraqi town, American troops went into nearby houses and shot dead 15 members of two families, including a 3-year-old-girl, residents say.
The military is investigating possible misconduct by the Marines and confirms there is a video, which Time Magazine says shows the aftermath of the Marines' assault.
Residents contacted by The Associated Press described what happened after the Nov. 19 roadside bomb in the town of Haditha, 140 miles northwest of Baghdad, as "a massacre."
Khaled Ahmed Rsayef, whose brother and six other members of his family were killed in the incident, said the roadside bomb exploded at about 7:15 a.m. in the al-Subhani neighborhood. A U.S. Humvee was badly damaged.
The military acknowledged Monday it was investigating the incident after it was approached by Time with accounts from residents, officials and hospital authorities in Haditha as well as a videotape purportedly showing the aftermath of the incident.
Military officials declined further comment.
A U.S. military statement shortly after the November attack described what happened as an ambush on a joint U.S.-Iraqi patrol, with a roadside bombing and subsequent firefight killing 15 civilians, eight insurgents and a U.S. Marine. The statement said the 15 civilians were killed by the blast, a claim the residents strongly denied.
Residents said there only was a roadside bombing, and all the shooting was done by American troops.
Time, in a story in this week's edition, reported that a U.S. colonel went to Haditha for a weeklong probe to interview Marines, survivors and doctors at the morgue. The magazine cited unidentified military officials close to the investigation.
The probe, Time reported, concluded that the civilians were killed by Marines and not a roadside bomb, and that no insurgents appeared to be in the first two houses raided by the Marines.
The probe found, however, that the deaths were the result of "collateral damage," investigators said.
what in the name of LT. Caley is going on here?
What pray tell does "Lt.Caley" have to do with this? For your info "Lt.Caley" was a scape goat, in my humble opinion...being a VN era vet and all...In "Lt.Caleys" case he lost control of a group of his soldiers who were pot heads and high at the time of the "Search and destroy mission!" They were druggies before they entered the service as were most who did this type of action...maybe this is why we now have a all volunteer military! Most soldiers during the VN era as well as now are dedicated soldiers and should not be generalized by the actions of a few...you could go back in time to WWII and find atrocities as well..so lets not judge until all the facts are in!
A "hit piece", if it looks like a rat, smells like a rat, and moves like a rat, it`s a rat.
It takes FIVE MONTHS to become news`, I think not.
The "brother" sure has his "information" down pat, 7:15, knows how many people are involved, can even tell its a "joint" Iraq/American patrol, very observant.
No hidden agenda here...............
could it be at all possible that some in our military slaughtered people?
what ya mean by slaughtered! Have you ever been on the receiving end of hot fire? and how did you react if so? Why not use your energy in here to address the atrocities of the enemy...maybe start with the slowly sawing off the heads of political prisoners(while still alive)..as is common for radical Islam "Freedom"(Joke) fighters!
I will agree with you 100% here.
It's much easier for him to post links to stories by Al-Jazeera, even with the small notation that it was, in fact, a non-story than to face the fact that these people are out to destroy the United States.
actually we are on the same team...just different approaches...I am blunt and a little ruff...you are warm and fuzzy!
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