US military investigators are examining allegations that Marines shot unarmed Iraqis, then claimed they were “enemy fighters”, The Independent on Sunday has learned. In the same incident, eyewitnesses say, one man bled to death over a period of hours as soldiers ignored his pleas for help.
American military officials in Iraq have already admitted that 15 civilians who died in the incident in the western town of Haditha last November were killed by Marines, and not by a roadside bomb, as had previously been claimed. The only victim of the remotely triggered bomb, it is now conceded, was a 20-year-old Marine, Lance-Corporal Miguel Terrazas, from El Paso, Texas.
(Source: The Independent)
It’s the second paragraph I find particularly chilling. Those 15 innocent Iraqis weren’t killed by “insurgents” as the US had previously lied. They were apparently murdered by US troops.
This is one incident we now now the truth about. How many other times have civilian murders by US troops been successfully covered-up and blamed on “insurgents?”
Please read the whole article, linked above. I’m not quoting any more of it here as it makes me feel too sick and angry.