Wednesday, March 15, 2006

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.

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."
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?

10 Comments:

Anonymous Mark H said...

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3/15/2006 9:16 PM  
Blogger semper fubar said...

I imagine most Iraqis have seen the Abu Ghraib pictures that we here in America, with our free press and all, have not been permitted to see. I don't suppose that endears us to them much either.

3/15/2006 10:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Airstrikes will continue to increase with tropps drawdown. More airstrikes mean more civilian casualties.

3/16/2006 7:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sempar,

With the magic of the internet, etc. it wouldn't be too difficult for Americans to see the pictures if they wanted to. The truth is, they don't want to. Even I, living in Canada, don't want to look at them and be reminded of the very ugly underbelly of our neighbours.
Dena

3/16/2006 8:33 AM  
Blogger D.Boyer said...

Juan Cole's web log recently linked to some photos from Iraq at InfoShop.org. Some of those are rather gruesome.

How happy must Iran be to have this sort of freedom be visited upon them? It would be in the name of terror of course, trumped up to suit the masses in the U.S.

How truly tragic it is.

3/16/2006 9:08 AM  
Anonymous J Thomas said...

" 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."

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?"


Good point. The army needs to detain Ahmed and Riyadh as soon as possible. No good can come of letting them run around loose.

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