US Bombs Iraqi Wedding
- U.S. STRIKE KILLS 11 AT IRAQI WEDDING
FALLUJA, Iraq - A U.S. air strike on the rebel-held city of Falluja
in western Iraq killed 11 people and wounded 17 at a wedding party,
with women and children among the casualties, a hospital doctor said
Rafah al-Hayat said the U.S. raid, the latest of several which the
U.S. military has staged against targets it says are used by foreign
militants in Falluja, occurred at about midnight Thursday.
The U.S. military said the "precision strike" had hit a safe-house
being used by the network of Jordanian militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi
at 1:15 a.m. Friday.
"Credible intelligence sources confirmed Zarqawi leaders were
meeting at the safe-house at the time of the strike," a statement
"Intelligence sources confirmed that the safe-house was being used
by the group to meet and plan attacks against Iraqi civilians, Iraqi
Security Forces, and Multi-National Forces."
It said such strikes had killed several Zarqawi leaders in the past
month, including Mohammed al-Lubnani and Abu Anas al-Shami,
described as Zarqawi's number two man and spiritual adviser, who
were killed in September.
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US cockpit pictures Iraq
It's the most bitter battle in Iraq, the American
attempt to subdue the town of Fallujah has been bloody
and confused for both sides.
Channel 4 News has obtained video from an American
fighter jet showing it launching an attack on a group
of people in a Fallujah street.
The American military have confirmed to us that it is
genuine. But it isn't clear whether what we're seeing
is a massacre or a military operation in this rare and
disturbing example of real footage of the fighting.
Chief Correspondent Alex Thomson reports:
For several days American and Iraqi forces have killed
scores of civilians in Samarra as they seized the town
from the insurgents.
For successive nights they have bombed Fallujah in
preparation to do the same.
And once they decided to bomb cities they decided to
accept the routine killing of civilians as the price
for hitting their target.
We have pictures that offer a rare glimpse inside
America's disastrous attempt to seize Falllujah from
the insurgents in April. At that time, there were
reports of hundreds of bodies piling up at the
But until now, we've had little real idea of how
American pilots go about bombing in built-up areas.
The Pentagon has confirmed the pictures show a cockpit
video from a US Airforce F-16 fighter, shot in April.
The pilot tells ground control he can see numerous
individuals on the road.
He asks if he should take them out?
Instantly he's told to take them out.
The pilot locks the bomb guidance system onto the
crowd running along the street.
The pilot's reaction: "Aw dude."
Overnight, Channel 4 News received the following
"This video is indeed gun film footage from a US Air
Force F-16 fighter. The mission was not "recent", it
was in April 2004. This was a close air support
mission, flown by an F-16 Fighting Falcon in the
Fallujah vicinity, and under the control of a Joint
Terminal Attack Controller serving with ground forces
in the area. The JTAC designated the target and
confirmed the hit."
The confirmed hit happens incredibly quickly, just 32
seconds from the pilot telling ground control he's
seen the crowd to the deaths of thirty or so people.
The video graphically illustrates US rules of
engagement in practice. Unlike British troops, if the
Americans perceive anybody or anything to be a threat
it is attacked, particualrly in Fallujah, particularly
As Fallujah again comes into US gunsights many will
want to know who were these people? Insurgents?
Innocents? Running away from trouble? running to
attack? Tonight a doctor who was at Fallujah hospital
told us these people were innocent civilians fleeing
from houses where they'd been pinned down by American
snipers by running down the street.
The Pentagon says its chasing answers but has yet to
explain why these people were targeted.
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In two separate attacks south of Baghdad, police said today. 8km
further south, three policemen were shot dead yesterday as they
stopped at a petrol station, said policeman Faez Nasser.
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A car bomb explosion early Tuesday was followed by clashes between
U.S. troops and insurgents in the Sunni Triangle city of Ramadi,
police and eyewitnesses said
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Video shows militants executing two men confessing to camera they
are Turkish, Iraqi-Italian spies before being executed.
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an improvised explosive device attack on their convoy near Baghdad
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Iraqi President condemns US air assaults:
The Iraqi provisional Government has condemned US air assaults
as "collective punishment" as US forces claimed victory in an
offensive against the rebel city of Samarra.
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Bremer has generally defended the U.S. approach in Iraq but in
recent weeks has begun to criticize the administration for tactical
and policy shortfalls.
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on the sidewalk outside a homeless shelter than fill their
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