Monday, November 20, 2006

Didja Hear? "Supporting the Troops" Killed Another 35 Innocent Iraqis In Ramadi Last Week

I didn't hear about it til today, when Common Dreams put up a report; and I keep a pretty close watch on this sort of thing, because, yuh know, I hate America, and the troops, and everything...

Iraqi Locals Accuse U.S. of Massacre in Ramadi
by Dahr Jamail and Ali al-Fadhily

RAMADI, Iraq - U.S. military tank fire killed scores of civilians in Ramadi, capital of Al-Anbar province, late Monday night, according to witnesses and doctors. Anger and frustration were evident at the hospitals and during the funerals in the following days.
Iraqi doctors and witnesses at the scene of the attack said U.S. tanks killed 35 civilians when they shelled several homes in the Al-Dhubat area of the city.
Ramadi, located 110 km west of Baghdad, has been beset with sporadic but intense violence between occupation forces and insurgents for several months.
On Tuesday, hundreds of people carried the 35 coffins of the dead to a graveyard in a funeral procession which closely resembled an angry demonstration.
"We heard the bombing and we thought it was the usual fighting between resistance fighters and the Americans, but we soon realised it was bombing by large cannons," 60-year-old Haji Jassim explained to IPS at the burial. "We weren't allowed by the Americans to reach the destroyed houses to try to rescue those who were buried, so certainly many of them bled to death." (Photo: Reuters)


Winning the hearts and minds of Iraqis, one corpse (or 35) at a time.

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