Wikileaks has released what it claims to be a video contradicting U.S. accounts of an attack that killed a Reuters photographer and 11 other people in Iraq in July 2007. Wikileaks says that it received the tape from a whistleblower in the military.
The tape shows the crews of two American Apache attack helicopters kill the civilians and gloat about the killings of presumed insurgents.
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In the group was Reuters photographer Namir Noor-Eldeen, 22. Also killed was Reuters driver, Saeed Chmagh, 40.
The attack targeted the group of men on the street in an eastern Baghdad district on July 12, 2007.
The video shows only one individual with a weapon, which is dangling on his side.
On the tape, you can hear one pilot state “Look at those dead bastards. Nice.”
The recording continues after the crew targets a vehicle that arrives to help the wounded and the crew hears that U.S. troops needed to take a child to the hospital who was in the car. One voice states “Well, it’s their fault bringing their kids into the battle.”
The U.S. military is not denying that the tape is authentic.
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