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The Fallujah Massacre in 2004 Revisited- Did Kilo Company Marines Kill Innocent Iraqis?
 


6 July 2007 at 9:12:55 AM
salon

I remember seeing this a long time back, that the same Marine Company, the Kilo Company, that was involved in killing innocent Iraqi civilians, killed Iraq civilians AGAIN the next year. AUDIO snip from Democracy Now. I think it's worth going over this timeline again about Fallujah.

April 2004- the Fallujah massacre occurs. Al Jazeeera is there taking pictures and publishing them for the world to see.

AMY GOODMAN: This was in the midst of April 2004, which was just at the time of the siege of Fallujah, where Al Jazeera was threatened for broadcasting video images of the siege, the only news organization inside Fallujah.

DANIEL MASON: That's true.

AMY GOODMAN: And the U.S. forces said they wouldn't call a ceasefire unless Al Jazeera left, and tremendous threats against Ahmed Mansur, who we had on our program yesterday, the Al Jazeera correspondent who was in Fallujah at that time. So there’s tremendous rage, I think. At the time Rumsfeld called Al Jazeera evil and said that they were lying, as they were sending out these video images of casualties, civilian casualties.

DANIEL MASON: Yes. As the only news organization on the ground, if Al Jazeera were taken out of the equation, then there would be no coverage of what it was like to be on the receiving end of the siege of Fallujah. They talked about ceasefires during the siege, but according to Dahr Jamail, who went to Fallujah during the siege, there was no ceasefire. And when the American media was saying we’re having a ceasefire to allow the civilians that are left to leave, there was still fighter planes bombing, there was still action on the ground. So, without Al Jazeera's reports, nobody would be any the wiser.

Next up

On April 11 senior military spokesperson Mark Kimmitt declared, "The stations that are showing Americans intentionally killing women and children are not legitimate news sources. That is propaganda, and that is lies." On April 15 Donald Rumsfeld echoed those remarks in distinctly undiplomatic terms, calling Al Jazeera's reporting "vicious, inaccurate and inexcusable…. It's disgraceful what that station is doing." It was the very next day, according to the Daily Mirror, that Bush told Blair of his plan. "He made clear he wanted to bomb al-Jazeera in Qatar and elsewhere," a source told the Mirror. "There's no doubt what Bush wanted to do -- and no doubt Blair didn't want him to do it."

Shortly after that, Tony Blair visited the United States and Bush said, as was uncovered a year later in the Downing Street Memos, that he wanted to bomb Al Jazeera. At the time it was so strange to find he would say that, but the CONTEXT is that it was right after Al Jazeera was putting out the real video about what was happening to Fallujah.

And now we see the article today about the Kilo company killing Fallujans. How did this come out NOW?

SAN DIEGO – The Navy says it's investigating claims that U-S Marines killed between five and ten unarmed suspected Iraqi insurgents in 2004.

The probe is focused on the handling of captured combatants during the fierce battle for Fallujah, west of Baghdad.

Current and former Marines tell The Associated Press that a criminal probe has been launched into the actions of several Marines based at Camp Pendleton. They're said to be part of Kilo Company, 3rd Batallion, 1st Marines.

Different members of the same unit were later accused of wrongdoing in the killings of 24 civilians in Haditha in 2005. The latest probe is said to have been started after a former Marine corporal described the killings during a polygraph test for a job with the Secret Service.

These are WAR crimes.


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