Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Collateral damage

This is disturbing to say the least. In 2007 Reuters photographer Namir Noor-Eldeen and his driver Saeed Chmagh were killed when they were struck by 30mm cannon fire from a pair of American Apache helicopters on patrol over the Iraqi suburb of New Baghdad.

The video of the attack has been published by the group WikiLeaks which helps publish investigative stories from subjects ranging from the Iraq war to the banking system and keeps it's sources confidential including those who leaked the gun camera footage.

Whether you are pro war, anti war Republican, Democrat, whatever your views to watch the video is painful. The footage shows how the group including photojournalist Namir whose camera is mistaken for a weapon are shot repeatedly as are the people that come to their aid.

Covering a war is a dangerous business and with the assignment you assume the chance that you will be killed but to be mistaken for an insurgent and killed along with a group just walking in the street seems heartless at best. 139 journalists have been killed in Iraq to date and none seems as senseless as this.

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