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The man, dressed in a white shirt and dark pants, strides confidently down the middle of the suburban street, his camera bag slung over one shoulder, his co worker following behind, with other men in summer clothing ambling down the road. He pauses to speak into his cell phone.
In the distance, helicopters hover.
Nearly 3 years later, what happened to him and companion as they walked to their next Reuters assignment is known.
(warning, graphic video below, noise and images, please do not view if you are prone to PTSD.)
A written commentary on this story may be seen here at Democratic Underground:
The Columbia Journalism Review wrote about the release of the video by Wikileaks at the National Press Club here: http://www.cjr.org/the_kicker/…
the video is online here http://collateralmurder.com/
An epluribusmedia writeup by Michael Collins is here:
In Iraq and Afghanistan, by this year, there have been 4705 American and Coalition forces killed in Iraq, and 1713 killed in Afghanistan, with the majority coming from the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada. There have also been at least 462 private contractors killed http://icasualties.org/Iraq/Co…
At least 139 journalists have been killed in Iraq between the years 2003 and 2009. Of those, 7 were embedded with the military, and 132 were non embedded, or “unilateral.” An astounding 117 of those 139 were Iraqis, with the rest being European or from other Arab nations, with just 2 being from the United States.
This is a Wikileaks video released Monday, April 5, 2010, called
“Collateral Murder.” On July 12 2007, in New Baghdad Iraq, US military helicopters fire on and kill about a dozen people walking down the street. 2 journalists in the group were killed, Saeed Chmagh and Namir Noor -Eldeen of Reuters, by gunfire coming from those US military helicopters. They were armed with …. cameras. Two children were also badly wounded, who were riding in a van which stopped and attempted to assist Mr. Chmagh as he lay bleeding to death.
The military claimed the victims died in a combat battle between the US and insurgents.
Reuters demanded an investigation. The military claimed the incident fell within their Rules of Engagement. Reuters used the FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) to request a copy of the video taken by the helicopter doing much of the shooting.
Wikileaks obtained the video.
“Well, it’s there fault for bringing their kids to a battle.”
No, it’s not.
now cross posted at Antemedius