Monday, April 5

Graphic Video Shows U.S. Pilot Firing On Reuters' Iraqi Staffers

Taken from the video released Monday shows men gathering on a Baghdad street on July 12, 2007, shortly before they were fired upon. (Photo source: wikileaks.org)

The Web site Wikileaks.org revealed a graphic video on Monday showing U.S. forces firing repeatedly on people along a Baghdad street last July 12, 2007.

This video shows military personnel aboard the Apaches indicating they spot the suspects toting several AK-47s and several RPG's. But WikiLeaks contends that the Reuters photographers were only carrying cameras, which the military mistook for weapons.

According to WikiLeaks.org, the attack victims included Reuters photographer Namir Noor-Eldeen, 22, and his assistant and driver Saeed Chmagh, 40. The identities of the other casualties are unknown.

A senior U.S. military official on Monday confirmed as authentic a gritty war video that shows U.S. forces firing repeatedly on people along a Baghdad street.

The senior military official confirmed that the video posted Monday at Wikileaks.org was of a 2007 incident in the New Baghdad District of eastern Baghdad. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the video and a Pentagon investigation have never been released.

"At this time, we are working to verify the source of the video, its veracity, and when or where it was recorded," a statement from U.S. military headquarters in Iraq said late Monday.

it obtained the video "as well as supporting documents from a number of military whistleblowers.", WikiLeaks said.

David Schlesinger, Reuters' editor-in-chief, said the video released by WikiLeaks showed the deaths of Noor-Eldeen and Chmagh were "tragic and emblematic of the extreme dangers that exist in covering war zones."

As reported, Reuters has pressed the U.S. military to conduct a full and objective investigation into the killing of the two staff.
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