Saturday, September 20, 2008

US air raid kills civilians

In this morning's New York Times, Stephen Farrell offers "Iraqis Protest Deadly Raid By U.S. on Village in North" about yesterday's US air raid that resulted in the deaths of eight Iraqis. Unlike AP (see yesterday's snapshot), Farell attempts actual balance. The key contribution of his article may be this statement from Abdul Karim Khalil Ibrahim ("relative" of the deceased):

The American forces surrounded my cousin's house, then they bombed it. I was watching from my roof through a hole in the wall. The American forces lit the place with flashlights. I saw my cousin with his wife escape from the backyard, when the American helicopter shot them and killed them immediately.

Yesterday's snapshot noted a McClatchy story and my apologies because I credited it to Leila Fadel when it should have been credited to Fadel and Laith Hammoudi. From Fadel and Hammoudi's "U.S. strike kills civilians, Iraqis say" (McClatchy Newspapers):

Khaleel al Doori, a neighbor, said his home was raided during the operation and that the American forces had used a loudspeaker to order people not to leave their homes. Doori said the U.S. troops shot a man and his wife.
After Friday prayers, hundreds of residents took to the streets condemning the incident and chanting, "There is no God but one God, and America is the enemy of God."

Again my apologies. It was my error and the article will be noted in Monday's snapshot along with my mistake.

In the Los Angeles Times, Tina Susman's "U.S. says 3 women killed in Iraq Raid" offers:

The incident is likely to heighten Iraqi demands that U.S. forces be subject to Iraqi prosecution for alleged crimes or mistakes that harm civilians. The demand has emerged as the key issue blocking agreement on a plan that would govern activities of American forces in Iraq after Dec. 31.
Immunity has been a hot-button issue since September 2007, when 17 Iraqis were killed by guards working for Blackwater Worldwide, the North Carolina company that protects State Department employees. Although Blackwater guards are not military personnel, many Iraqis said the incident underscored the need to hold Americans liable for behavior that harms innocent Iraqis.

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