April 07, 2010

We live in a 24/7 media world. With all the sanitised images flooding our airwaves, it is easy to start assuming that they are the whole picture. Sometimes we forget that what we are allowed to see is a very small percentage of the whole. Sometimes we forget that war is an ugly thing.
06:18:40 Crazyhorse [lead helicopter] notices a group of people on an open plaza.

06:20:05 Crazyhorse: Have five to six individuals with AK47s. Request permission to engage.

06:20:32 Crazyhorse: Is that an RPG?

06:21:09 First shots fired at the group.

06:21:41 Helicopters cease fire.

06:22:02 Helicopters notice that Saeed Chmagh is injured and is crawling.

06:24:54 Crazyhorse: Come on, buddy. All you gotta do is pick up a weapon.

06:25:26 Helicopters notice a mini-van arriving, attempting to help Saeed.

06:25:58 Crazyhorse: Roger. Break. Uh Crazyhorse One-Eight request permission to uh engage.

06:26:29 Bushmaster gives permission to engage. Proceed to open fire on the mini-van.

06:27:27 Helicopters cease fire.

06:31:53 Bradley fighting vehicle arrives on the scene, followed by ground personnel.

06:33:12 They discover two wounded children in the van.

06:35:14 Ground unit reports: I've got uh eleven Iraqi KIAs. One small child wounded. Over.

06:36:13 Roger. Ah damn. Oh well.

06:36:05 Well, it's their fault for bringing their kids into a battle.

06:36:45 Humvee drives over Namir Noor-Eldeen's body.

06:43:06 Bradley fighting vehicle drives over a second body.

06:49:09 Video cuts.

06:50:00 1/8 CAV moves in to assist 2/6 after a report of Small Arms Fire (SAF) in the area. They fail to positively identify (PID) the attacker.

07:20:42 Helicopter reports that six individuals have entered a building. It appears to be either under construction or an abandoned construction site.

07:21:40 This is Bushmaster Six Romeo. Crazyhorse One Eight is going to be engaging north to south with Hellfire missiles over.

07:23:39 Hellfire missile is fired. Target hit.

07:25:27 There it goes! Look at that bitch go!

07:26:42 Roger, building destroyed. Engaged with three hellfire missiles.
- newly leaked military video of the July 12, 2007 Baghdad airstrike which targeted and killed several civilians, including two Reuters news service staff, as originally posted on Wikileaks. Original footage from Noor-Eldeen's cameras was confiscated at the time, along with the cameras themselves. The video has been confirmed as authentic by a United States Defense official.

The two children inside the van were injured and were eventually evacuated to a local hospital, after initial attempts to evacuate them to a nearby United States military hospital were blocked by United States military command. The other unarmed civilians in the van were killed.

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