jeudi 6 septembre 2007

U.S. War Crimes in Iraq: Air strike overnight in Baghdad kills many innocent civilians in their sleep

Jeudi 6 septembre - Après le bombardement américain sur le quartier de Washash à Bagdad, une voisine porte dans ses bras le petit Ali Montadar dont toute la famille vient d’être massacrée - Photo : AP/Hadi Mizban

There is no end to U.S. War Crimes in Iraq…

At least 14 people have been killed and nine wounded in a US air strike overnight in the west of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, police have said.
Several houses were destroyed in the attack, which took place at about 0300 (2300 GMT) in the Washash neighbourhood of the city's Mansour district.

The US military said it had targeted Shia extremists in "enemy strongholds".
The US military said Iraqi soldiers and US Special Forces had called in the air strikes in Washash when they came under fire during an operation targeting a number of "Shia extremist militants".

The soldiers directed aircraft fire on two buildings where the gunmen were holed up, the military said, adding that the response was both "proportional" and "well-aimed".

But local resident, Abu Ali Saad said that everyone in the neighbourhood had been sleeping and that he had heard no exchanges of fire before the US-led troops arrived.

"We are a peaceful neighbourhood. There are no militia here," he told the AFP news agency.
"The tanks started firing then the helicopters came. Missiles were fired from the air. Houses were destroyed.
A family of five were killed in this house," he said
, pointing to the remains of his neighbour's home.

Another local resident, Ammar Assem, said he had been prevented from taking two of his wounded neighbours to hospital.
"They fired on my car when I tried to leave the area. I had to go back," he said.
Several wounded were later admitted to the nearby Yarmouk hospital.

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