Investigates Multiple Alleged Massacre Incidents - Iraqi Prime Minister
Says Troops Disrespectful And Kill Civilians - Ishagi And Haditha
June 2nd 2006
The US Defense Department is investigating a March 2006 US-led raid
against a suspected Al Qaeda site in Iraq. This is a new investigation,
where Iraqi police said US forces allegedly killed 11 people, including
women and children. CNN reports that the incident took place in the Abu
Seffa district in the town of Ishaqi. According to Reuters, a senior
Iraqi police officer said autopsies showed each had been shot in the
head. The military version indicates two women and a child died during
the arrest of an al Qaeda militant. The BBC said Iraqi police claim the
civilians were tied up before being shot.
Apparently the US military and Iraqi police reports differ. The police
report says that five children and four women were killed. One of the
children was only 6 months old, according to the Christian Science
Monitor. The US Military says that troops came under fire during the
raid, and the building was destroyed by air and ground forces.
ABC News reported that footage showed the bodies in the Tikrit morque.
The footage included five children, two men and four women. According to
the report, their wounds were not clear, though one infant had a gaping
"They started shooting in the air before entering the house. This
process lasted for about 20 minutes and after that they entered the
house and started shooting inside it," Ibrahim Khalaf told Reuters
Television. Khalaf was a witness who described the attack on his
brother’s house by US forces before raiding his own home.
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Khalaf added, “After that, they raided my house, binding my hands and
blindfolding me. They gathered my family members in one room. One of the
soldiers told them (his colleagues) to kill them (my family) all. But
thank God they did not. We went to my brother's house. The residents of
the village dragged the bodies from the rubble."
This comes on the heels of an investigation into allegations that US
Marines killed Iraqi civilians in Haditha last year. ABC News reports
that murder charges may be brought against Marines following an
investigation into the deaths of 24 civilians in Haditha, According to
Reuters, the US military is investigating four other cases in which U.S.
troops are alleged to have killed Iraqi civilians.
Eight men are being held in a brig at Camp Pendleton California for
allegedly killing a Hamandiya man and a subsequent attempt to make him
look like an insurgent by placing an AK-47 rifle near his body.
The Guardian (UK) is reporting that Iraqi Prime Minister, Nuri Maliki,
will demand investigators turn offer files about the alleged massacre of
24 Iraqi civilians by US troops in the town of Haditha. This may have
been the worst massacre by US forces to date and has been called the My
Lai of Iraq.
The Guardian reports that doubt is already being cast on two other
military versions of fatal incidents in Iraq in recent months. Maliki
said “I hope it [the US investigation] will be fair for the sake of all
the victims.” He said that these types of incidents were “common in
Iraq”. He added that multinational forces show “no respect for
citizens, smashing civilian cars and killing on a suspicion or a hunch.”
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