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People Over Politics – WikiLeaks: Collateral Murder (Iraq, 2007)

WikiLeaks: Collateral Murder (Iraq, 2007)

Unreleased video footage from a US Apache helicopter obtained and decrypted by Wikileaks.

“The July 12, 2007 Baghdad airstrikes were a series of air-to-ground attacks conducted by a team of two United States Army AH-64 Apache helicopters in Al-Amin al-Thaniyah, in the district of New Baghdad in Baghdad, during the Iraqi insurgency and U.S. Military Occupation of Iraq which followed the Iraq War.

In the first strike “Crazyhorse 1/8” and “Crazyhorse 1/9″ directed 30mm cannon fire at a group of nine to eleven men, one had an AK-47 and another an RPG-7; most were unarmed; two were war correspondents for Reuters; Saeed Chmagh and Namir Noor-Eldeen, whose cameras were mistaken for weapons. Eight men were killed including Noor-Eldeen and Chmagh was wounded.

The second airstrike using 30 mm fire was directed at Chmagh and two other unarmed men as they were attempting to help Chmagh into their van. Two children inside the van were wounded, three more men were killed, including Chmagh and the children’s father…

The attacks received worldwide coverage following the release of 39 minutes of classified cockpit gunsight footage in 2010. Reuters had unsuccessfully requested the footage under the Freedom of Information Act in 2007. The footage was acquired from an undisclosed source in 2009 by the Internet leak website WikiLeaks, which released the footage on April 5, 2010, under the name Collateral Murder. Recorded from the gunsight Target Acquisition and Designation System of one of the attacking helicopters, the video shows the three incidents and the radio chatter between the aircrews and ground units involved. An anonymous US military official confirmed the authenticity of the footage.”

Source: Wikipedia

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