Collateral Murder

Overview

Update: On July 6, 2010, Private Bradley Manning, a 22 year old intelligence analyst with the United States Army in Baghdad, was charged with disclosing this video (after allegedly speaking to an unfaithful journalist). The whistleblower behind the Pentagon Papers, Daniel Ellsberg, has called Mr. Manning a ‘hero’. He is currently imprisoned in Kuwait. The Apache crew and those behind the cover up depicted in the video have yet to be charged. To assist Private Manning, please see bradleymanning.org.

5th April 2010 10:44 EST WikiLeaks has released a classified US military video depicting the indiscriminate slaying of over a dozen people in the Iraqi suburb of New Baghdad — including two Reuters news staff.

Reuters has been trying to obtain the video through the Freedom of Information Act, without success since the time of the attack. The video, shot from an Apache helicopter gun-sight, clearly shows the unprovoked slaying of a wounded Reuters employee and his rescuers. Two young children involved in the rescue were also seriously wounded.

 

 

WikiLeaks’ Collateral Murder: U.S. Soldier Ethan McCord’s Eyewitness Story

http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/v/kelmEZe8whI&hl=en_US&fs=1?rel=0

 

The military did not reveal how the Reuters staff were killed, and stated that they did not know how the children were injured.

After demands by Reuters, the incident was investigated and the U.S. military concluded that the actions of the soldiers were in accordance with the law of armed conflict and its own “Rules of Engagement”.

Consequently, WikiLeaks has released the classified Rules of Engagement for 2006, 2007 and 2008, revealing these rules before, during, and after the killings.

WikiLeaks has released both the original 38 minutes video and a shorter version with an initial analysis. Subtitles have been added to both versions from the radio transmissions.

WikiLeaks obtained this video as well as supporting documents from a number of military whistleblowers. WikiLeaks goes to great lengths to verify the authenticity of the information it receives. We have analyzed the information about this incident from a variety of source material. We have spoken to witnesses and journalists directly involved in the incident.

WikiLeaks wants to ensure that all the leaked information it receives gets the attention it deserves. In this particular case, some of the people killed were journalists that were simply doing their jobs: putting their lives at risk in order to report on war. Iraq is a very dangerous place for journalists: from 2003- 2009, 139 journalists were killed while doing their work.

UN report censures rising child abuse cases by terrorist groups in Syria

The UN has revealed more cases of child abuse in war-stricken Syria, criticising foreign-backed militants for recruiting refugee children in bordering countries.

UN report censures rising child abuse cases by terrorist groups in Syria

“The suffering endured by the children in the Syrian Arab Republic since the outset of the conflict, as documented in this report, is unspeakable and unacceptable,” UN chief Ban Ki-moon said in the report. The report is dated January 27, but was only posted online on Tuesday.

It looks at the timeframe between March 1, 2011 and November 15, 2013, and includes detailed accounts of the foreign-backed militants committing grave violations against children.

The UN has reported and blamed the militants for child abuse cases in the past, but this is the first report revealing that the situation is worsening in the region. The organization has raised the issue of the increasing recruitment of children for terrorist combat operations.

“Of particular concern were cases of recruitment or attempted recruitment of children within refugee populations in neighboring countries. The majority of incidents were related to recruitment by Free Syrian Army-affiliated groups or other armed groups,” Ban said.

The report identifies the lack of education and job opportunities as leading causes for the increasing recruitment of children.

“Interviews with children and their parents indicated that the loss of parents and relatives, political mobilization and peer pressure from families and communities, contributed to the involvement of children with FSA-affiliated groups,” the report said.

The Syrian refugee situation has been severe since protests against the Syrian government, which started in March 2011, grew into a full-scale war. It is estimated that more than two million people, mostly women and children, have fled the country.

Other abuses included: “beatings with metal cables, whips and wooden and metal batons; electric shocks, including to the genitals; the ripping out of fingernails and toenails; sexual violence, including rape or threats of rape; mock executions; cigarette burns; sleep deprivation; solitary confinement; and exposure to the torture of relatives.”

The United Nations estimates that the violence in Syria has killed more than 100,000 people, including more than 10,000 children.

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– See more at: http://en.alalam.ir/news/1562662#sthash.keByQDR0.dpuf

Israeli Crimes Against Humanity

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This is 22 year old Muhammad Mubarak from Al Jalazun refugee camp in the West Bank. Today, he was shot in the back three times by the Israeli army and left to bleed to death.

In this picture, he’s wearing a shirt printed with a photo of 13-year-old Wajih al Ramahi, also from Al Jalazun, who was shot dead by the Israeli army last month in front of his school.

US soldiers talk about killing innocent Iraqi civilians THEN PLANTING WEAPONS ON THEM

Drop weapons – The whole point is ‘don’t tell anyone’.
Former U.S. soldiers who took part in the Iraq war recount stories of how they killed innocent people and plant weapons on them.

The soldiers talk about what they say is the widespread practice of using “drop weapons” to cover up the killing of innocent civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan. Huffingtonpost.com

A “drop weapon” is a weapon carried by a soldier for the purpose of placing on or near a slain individual “to make killings appear legally justified”. washingtonpost.com

“When we arrived there, they gave us quite a few AKs and said keep them in case something happens,” the online broadcaster, The American News Project has reported Sergio Kochergin, who served in Iraq as a scout sniper and now is a member of Iraq Veterans Against the War, as saying. The video was posted on the Internet on June 3, 2011.

He added that the “drop weapons” were distributed between soldiers under the orders of the chain of command.

“When mistakes were made we carried drop weapons. These weapons right here were taken from the Iraqi police…and this was just an example that we would take their weapons and carry them around with us in case we messed up and shot the wrong person,” Jon Turner, a former Marine who served in Iraq.