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As revealed by a State Department diplomatic cable released by WikiLeaks last week, US forces committed a heinous war crime during a house raid in Iraq in 2006, wherein one man, four women, two children, and three infants were summarily executed.
The cable excerpts a letter written by Philip Alston, Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary, or Arbitrary Executions, addressed to then Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice. American troops approached the home of Faiz Harrat Al-Majma’ee, a farmer living in central Iraq, to conduct a house raid in search of insurgents in March of 2006.
“It would appear that when the MNF [Multinational Forces] approached the house,” Alston wrote, “shots were fired from it and a confrontation ensued” before the “troops entered the house, handcuffed all residents and executed all of them.” Mr. Faiz Hratt Khalaf, (aged 28), his wife Sumay’ya Abdul Razzaq Khuther (aged 24), their three children Hawra’a (aged 5) Aisha ( aged 3) and Husam (5 months old), Faiz’s mother Ms. Turkiya Majeed Ali (aged 74), Faiz’s sister (name unknown), Faiz’s nieces Asma’a Yousif Ma’arouf (aged 5 years old), and Usama Yousif Ma’arouf (aged 3 years), and a visiting relative Ms. Iqtisad Hameed Mehdi (aged 23) were killed during the raid.
Alston’s letter reveals that a US airstrike was launched on the house presumably to destroy the evidence, but that “autopsies carried out at the Tikrit Hospital’s morgue revealed that all corpses were shot in the head and handcuffed.”
The details revealed in the cable are a valuable insight into how many of these house raids turn out. The raids, often carried out in the middle of the night, have become one of the primary strategies of the US war in Afghanistan, with tens of thousands orchestrated just in the last year.
In one notable and comparable incident in February of 2010, US Special Operations Forces surrounded a house in a village in the Paktia Province in Afghanistan. Two civilian men exited the home to ask why they had been surrounded and were shot and killed. US forces then shot and killed three female relatives (a pregnant mother of ten, a pregnant mother of six, and a teenager).
Instead of calling in an airstrike to hide the evidence, US troops, realizing their mistake, lied and tampered with the evidence at the scene. The initial claim, which was corroborated by the Pentagon, was that the two men were insurgents who had “engaged” the troops, and the three murdered women were simply found by US soldiers, in what they described as an apparent honor killing. Investigations into the incident eventually forced the Pentagon to retract its initial story and issue an apology.
What do you call it when the US behaves like a terrorist state, and also has government policy set by corporations, and Dick Cheney has meetings with oil industry execs to set war policy? Control long ago was taken from the people and democracy is an illusion. Likely the best we can do is to rise up and protest and resist the corporate state as well as we can. And, no wonder the administration wants to prosecute information leaks. Students of history, look to Rome just before it fell.
Originally posted by drew1749
reply to post by billy197300
Oh boy first comment and this is the excuse I get. I know the reality of war isn't pretty. HOWEVER! We are in Iraq and Afganistan to fix their problems! To do that we need their trust! HOW DO WE EARN THE TRUST? By having our troops kill civilians and then covering it up.
Also "THE REALITY OF WAR IS HORRIBLE, WE COVER LOTS OF STUFF UP"
Great logic right there. War is horrible, doesn't mean it needs to be covered up.
Originally posted by nickoli
reply to post by billy197300
Not going to cut it. Thats the same type excuse the nazis used when we had them shot for war crimes. Acting on orders of superiors, bullcrap.
Im sorry I support our troops but murder is murder and the cover-up is evidence they knew it was murder.
You took an oath and its high time soldiers started living up to that oath. If they did, this country wouldnt be in the shape its in now.
Many people need be in jail for the entire Iraq fiasco from the top on down.
This type of information more than anything else proves Ron Paul is right as to our foreign policy.
Originally posted by Syyth007
I also realize war is hell. They train these young men, many still teenagers, to become cold blooded killers, and give them fully automatic weapons. Kill enough people, and you will kill a part of yourself, BUT, the execution of unarmed civilians, women, and children, should have consequences, SERIOUS consequences. I understand these young men are serving their country, but do you really want someone who can shoot an infant in cold blood walking our streets when they get back? It's naive to think someone who is capable of slaughtering children won't be a threat to society once they get back, and ANY soldier who participates in these type of criminal activities should be held responsible for their actions.
They may have been given bad intel, but I HIGHLY doubt they had strict orders to handcuff a 5 year old little girl, and then shoot her in the head. Murdering an innocent child in that manner in Iraq should hold the same consequences as if they did the same to an American child here in the states.