Wikileaks: US troops executed Iraqi children then blew up the evidence
Matt Gratz, Political Fail Blog
More disturbing evidence of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by US troops has been published by Wikileaks. The leaked US diplomatic cable tells how US troops handcuffed and brutally executed 11 Iraqi civilians including an infant and a 70 year old woman, then called in an airstrike to cover up yet another horrible war crime back in March of 2006.
Of course the US government has been downplaying and even denying the allegations by the Iraqis for half a decade now, but in the age of transparency via Wikileaks, criminals can hide no more. Thanks anyways President Obama, but we’ll take it from here.
The cable describes how the troops creeped up on a home in the town of Ishaqi where they were met with gun fire. Once the gun shots stopped the American troops forced their way into the civilian’s home and handcuffed all the residents, including four women and five children under the age of five. Once bound, each civilian received a bullet to the head. The troops also destroyed three vehicles and the family pets. Once the mission of murder was completed, the troops called in an airstrike to clear the evidence so they can carry on with their illegal and unjust occupation of Iraq with little to no push back from the Americans back home who knew nothing of what their troops were really up to.
The cable contained questions by a United Nations investigator about the incident, which angered the Iraqis who have known and told of this truth since the incident occurred. US military officials in Iraq dismissed allegations from the townspeople at the time, saying that their supposed eye-witness accounts were highly likely to be false and that an investigation was not necessary because nothing inappropriate had occurred.
Philip Alston, the U.N.’s special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, said in the communication to American officials dated 12 days after the March 15, 2006 incident that autopsies of the murdered civilians showed that all the dead had been handcuffed and shot in the head. Not exactly appropriate in most people’s books, but then again most people wouldn’t willingly murder civilians.
As the investigation first began, spokespeople for the US military had claimed that an al-Qaeda-linked insurgent was taking refuge inside the targeted home, who was then said to have been taken into custody. The recently released cable, however, tells of a much different story in which all people and animals in the house were executed.