Hearts And Minds Update
From the AP:
A U.S. raid north of the capital Wednesday killed 11 people -- most of them women and children, said police and relatives of the victims. The American military confirmed the attack but said only four people died -- a man, two women and a child.Hypothetical scenario: China invades the U.S. on false pretenses. Three years later, they kill your wife and kids. How would you respond? After you got over the initial shock, would you just try to forget about it and move on? Or might you do something that would get you labeled as a "terrorist" in Beijing?
Police Capt. Laith Mohammed said the attack near Balad, 50 miles north of Baghdad, involved U.S. warplanes and armor that flattened a house in the village of Isahaqi.
An Associated Press reporter at the scene said the roof of the house had collapsed, three cars were destroyed and two cows were killed.
The 11 victims were wrapped in blankets and driven in three pickup trucks to the Tikrit General Hospital, about 45 miles to the north, relatives said.
AP photographs showed the bodies of two men, five children and four other covered figures arriving at the hospital accompanied by grief-stricken relatives. The victims were covered in dust with bits of rubble tangled in their hair.
The U.S. military said the target of the raid was a man suspected of supporting foreign fighters of the al-Qaida in Iraq terror network, and he was captured.
"Troops were engaged by enemy fire as they approached the building," said Tech. Sgt. Stacy Simon, a military spokeswoman. "Coalition forces returned fire utilizing both air and ground assets."
Riyadh Majid, who identified himself as the nephew of Faez Khalaf, the head of the household who was killed, told AP at the hospital that U.S. forces landed in helicopters and raided the home early Wednesday.
Khalaf's brother, Ahmed, said nine of the victims were family members who lived at the house and two were visitors.
"The dead family was not part of the resistance, they were women and children," he said. "The Americans have promised us a better life, but we get only death."