Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Video Release of Attack on Reuters Employees and Iraqi Civialians

As a Muslim, a photographer, and an American - this video makes me sick.

I have a special affection and admiration for war correspondents and war photographers. It was the war photographers of the great "Look" and "Life" magazines which initially got me interested in photography nearly 40 years ago.

This video and article shows the proof of what happened to Reuters photographer, Namir Noor-Eldeen, and his driver, Saeed Chmagh, as well as the Iraqi civilians who tried to assist them after they were attacked.

The US military tried to cover up what happened, and even lied about it.

THEIR video, shot from the air, with THEIR voices documenting what happened, reveals the truth.

With all of the sophisticated equipment the military has, one would think they could see the difference between an AK47 and a camera slung over someone's shoulder.

New York Times article here.

Video here.

Thanks to American Muslim Journalists Association (MAJA) for sharing these links.

May Allah swt forgive the sins of Reuters employees Namir Noor-Eldeen, age 22, his driver, Saeed Chmagh, age 40, and the Iraqi civilians who tried to help. May Allah swt comfort their families, and grant the deceased the best place in the Hereafter/Ameen.


I just saw retired US Army Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt on CNN. I am deeply disappointed that CNN has helped the military to yet go on another attempt to cover up and lie about what happened. Giving sympathy to the military does no justice. The story was NOT about how mistakes can be made in a war zone, but was about how the military lied and obstructed Reuters from doing the investigation. CNN failed to tell the REAL story. And CNN failed to make the viewers aware that there were children in the van with the civilians when it was attacked. Kimmitt proudly told CNN viewers about the sophisticated cameras and equipment in the Apache helicopters. Couldn't it see cameras and children? Then he blamed the victims by saying that the Reuters staff weren't wearing identifying clothes.

I hope Reuters does not let this story die.

AlJazeera video coverage here.

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