Separately, police and witnesses said U.S. soldiers shot and killed 11 civilians and wounded five on Sunday night in the Baghdad suburb of Husseiniya. The U.S. military said it had no record of any American military operation in the area.
“We were sitting inside our house when the Americans showed up and started firing at homes. They killed many people and burned some houses,” said one of the witnesses, a man with bandages on his head who was being treated at Imam Ali Hospital in the Shiite slum of Sadr City. The police and witnesses spoke with Associated Press Television News on condition of anonymity to protect their own security.
On Monday, about 250 people attended a memorial service outside the hospital’s morgue for the 11 victims, saying it was being conducted in the slum because the dead had been followers of the radical anti-American Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. The cleric and his Madhi Army militia are both based in Sadr City.
Centcom just sent me this update:
Classification: UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY
Reference the clarification requested on the story by AP below.
Anti-Iraqi Forces opened fire, targeting civilians in the al-Husseiniya area. 10 civilians were killed and six wounded at 11 p.m. Nov. 26. The incident was reported by the Iraqi Police through the Joint National Operations Center (a civilian matter relayed to the Coalition for tracking purposes). There was no Coalition involvement.
Capt. J. Elaine Hunnicutt (USAF)
Multi-National Corps – Iraq
Joint Operations Center
PAO OIC Nights
So the AP prints a report in which “police” are quoted as saying the US fired on the civilians but the Iraqi police reported NO coalition involvement to the MoI.
Another example of attempting to make news by our MSM.
UPDATE 2200hrs PST
Dan from Riehl World View has done some great workup on the writer of this bogus AP piece, one SAMEER N. YACOUB, and boy does he have a history. He was writer who wrote glowingly about Saddam and was present when the contractors were hung years ago:
Dan is all over it, check it out.
UPDATE II 2315hrs PST
I am so very honored: (click to enlarge)
I am deeply honored Mr. Muir!
UPDATE III 11/28/06 0900hrs PST
Both Michelle and I have sent requests to the AP asking them for their response and as of yet neither of us have received any. Nada, zip.
Back to work today for me so posting will probably be light.