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More than 40 people have been killed in a US helicopter attack in Iraq, according to AP news agency.
AP reported that Iraqi witnesses said partygoers were firing in the air in traditional wedding celebration.
American troops have sometimes mistaken celebratory gunfire for hostile fire.
In July 2002, Afghan officials said 48 civilians at a wedding party were killed and 117 wounded by a U.S. airstrike in Afghanistan's Uruzgan province. An investigative report released by the U.S. Central Command said the airstrike was justified because American planes had come under fire.
Originally posted by dpglow
Perhaps if you know your country is being patrolled by a foreign military which has been subject to many attacks from people who look like ordinary civilians, firing a bunch of machine guns into the air is not a great idea at a wedding at 2:45 in the morning while your kids sleep in the house.
I'm not saying they deserved to be fired on by any means, but I would think if I were in a similar situation (occupying force, wartime, attacks), I might put up a "No Gunfire" sign at my wedding.
Also, I seem to often read about how they are an older culture, dating back 2000 years etc. If firing their guns is such an important part of their wedding celebration, how did they ever get married in the old days?