Collateral Murder | leaked US Army video shows unprovoked attack

Monday, September 16th, 2013 By

U.S. Army Apache and Blackhawk Helicopters

The videos from U.S. Army Apache helicopters involved in an Iraqi war incident that killed 11 were leaked today. Image from Flickr.

Wikileaks, a small and independent website, today linked a video they are calling “Collateral Murder.” The 15-minute video is the decrypted recording from two U.S. Military Apache helicopters operating in Baghdad in 2007. This Collateral Murder video shows Reuters journalists Namir Noor-Eldeen and Saeed Chmagh as they were killed by U.S. “Friendly Fire.” Wikileaks has only said that “U.S. Army Whistle-blowers” provided the video, and they did not receive guaranteed payday loans for providing the video.

The Collateral Murder incident

The incident that the Collateral Murder video shows originally occurred on July 12, 2007. The official U.S. Army story of the incident is that the helicopter attack that killed eleven people was predicated with “U.S. Forces coming under fire.” A Reuters photographer and videographer were both killed during the attack. Reuters made an immediate Freedom of Information Act request for the video, but never received copies.

The Collateral Murder video

Leaked today by Wikileaks, the Collateral Murder video shows that the official U.S. Army story may have been a cover-up. The video had been described in detail in a 2009 book by David Finkel, and Reuters officials were shown the video in a 2007 off-the-record briefing. Off-the-record, however, cannot prevent officials who are not in need of the payday loan companies from leaking the information. However, when Julian Assange, editor of Wikileaks, showed the video at the National Press Club, it was the first time the video was available for wide viewing.

See the Collateral Murder video here

What the Collateral Murder video shows

The video of the “Collateral Murder” incident does show a few things for certain. At the time the U.S. Forces opened fire with Apache helicopters, the army was not being shot at. It also appears that the troops mistook the telephoto lens or video camera as rocket-propelled grenades. It also appears that the U.S. troops laugh and joke when two children and a good Samaritan are injured by the gunfire. One solider also asks for permission to open fire on the van that has stopped to help the wounded.

The result of Collateral Murder

The leaking of this video has not yet prompted an official response from the U.S. Army. In the past, the U.S. Army has stated that in this incident, they believe all rules of engagement were properly adhered to. Rumors of Army cover-ups and inappropriate actions have plagued the Iraqi war. Reuters news has responded to the video in a written statement. They call the leaked Collateral Murder video “graphic evidence of the dangers involved in war journalism and the tragedies that can result.”

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This post has 3 comments

  1. Muhammad Hamza says:

    Wrong country went on a wrong war for wrong reason, killed the wrong people, wrongly looted their resources, ravaged prisoners, deceived red cross, deceived the world, deceived own tax payers …. and still dares to ask the wrong question : "Why do they hate us?"

  2. Ammar Akhlaq says:

    This is just one video that came out because of the relentless and persistent efforts of the Reuters team but what about those billions of inhumane murders and savage war crimes that U.S. Forces and U.S. Govt ruthlessly commit everyday for personal motives and to capture resources of these poor countries. The U.S. govt tries to create an illusion of safety for its own people while catalyzing the whole situation by injecting more and more funds into this and killing innocent people on both sides, aggravating fury and rage which the U.S. govt can use to justify further investment in the DoD and thus further deployment in these poor innocent countries.

    I admire the efforts of Reuters, the Whistleblowers (who are not whistleblowers but actually Heroes who intend to bring forth the truth), WikiLeaks team, and all the people who made this video publically accessible because it is truth like this that will hopefully, one day awaken the masses of the U.S. and the World and they will finally stop giving into this conveyor belt of conformity and realize that the so called "terrorists" that they have been so scared of are a product of their own Govt's inhumane actions and are the sons and daughters of innocent and poor people whose fathers were killed at street curbs and on their way to the market, their mothers were raped by frustrated U.S. soldiers. Sadly, innocent people on both sides will have to pay for the ramifications of the actions of the U.S Govt.

  3. Franrose says:

    I can't find the right words to express just how I feel right now. It feels like I just lost someone so dear to me, for I feel deeply for the lives that were lost in this horrific event. My heart dropped during the first 3-5 minutes of the video. This is really, really messed up.

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