Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Winning their hearts ... and mines (sic)

posted by The Vidiot @ 9:45 PM Permalink

'U.S. Military Hides Many More Hadithas'

An Iraqi doctor who was in Haditha during a deadly U.S. raid last year says there are many more stories like that in Haditha that are yet untold.

The Pentagon admitted last week that U.S. Marines killed 24 civilians -- including a 66-year-old woman and a four-year-old boy -- in the Western Iraqi town last November. Before that, the military had maintained the civilians were killed by a roadside bomb. [...] "The hospital has been attacked three times. In November 2005 the hospital was occupied by the American and Iraqi Army for seven days, which is a severe breach of the Geneva Conventions," he said.
Of course, he's only an Iraqi, just because he lives there and practices there, what would he know!?

So let's hear from a 'boot on the ground'
Joseph Hatcher served in the western Iraqi town of Dawr from February 2004 until March last year. He said his cultural training before deployment consisted of a three-hour class and a pamphlet he was given. [ED: Hmm, same as the Ethics Classes, what a coincidence.] [...] "We would use very little language at all in house raids," he said.. "You point a barrel of a gun at somebody and pull them to the ground. It's fairly standard. There's no way to know if you're getting anyone of value.. You just arbitrarily raid an entire block."
So we still have an problem with intelligence ... in every sense of the word.

Oh, and by the way:
The Washington Post reported Monday that Marines went to the home of a 52-year-old disabled Iraqi, took him outside and shot him four times in the face.
Now I wonder where they got the idea to shoot him in the face!?

But wait, there's more!
US Troops Accused of New Murders in Iraq

US troops faced fresh accusations of unlawful killings of civilians in Iraq as Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki ordered the release of 2,500 detainees in a gesture to promote national reconciliation. [...] "On May 13, US forces launched an air assault on a civilian car in Latifiyah and killed six people," Juburi told reporters.

"On the same day US aircraft attacked the house of a civilian, Saadun Mohsen Hassan, and killed seven members of his family," he added.

Juburi said US forces carried out another air strike the next day on the house of Sheikh Yassin Saleh Shallal in Yusifiyah, "killing 13 people -- including women and children."
To quote The Animals, We Gotta Get Out Of This Place!


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