April 5th, 2010
07:06 PM ET

Video shows journalists' deaths in Iraq

One of two photojournalists killed in a 2007 attack by a U.S. helicopter gunship in Iraq was being rescued when the gunship's crew fired on the van to which he was being carried, according to footage posted online Monday.

Reuters photographer Saeed Cmagh survived an initial strafing by the Apache gunship's 30 mm machine gun, but apparently died when the gunship opened fire on people attempting to get him off the sidewalk where he lay, according to the video. The aerial footage was posted by the Web site WikiLeaks, which said the video remains classified and "clearly shows the unprovoked slaying of a wounded Reuters employee and his rescuers."

WikiLeaks is a site that publishes anonymously submitted documents, video and other sensitive materials.

Read the full CNN.com story

- CNN Pentagon Correspondent Barbara Starr contributed to this report.

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  1. Omar

    Makes me sick to my stomach. Shame on you America!

    April 5, 2010 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Matt

    And of course, the government says they didn't try to cover it up, when they obviously did.

    And no one will remember this tomorrow.

    April 5, 2010 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  3. lookingglass

    im impressed, the mainstream media accually reporting on this video leaked by Wikileaks, the government trys so hard to keep images like this from the public.

    April 5, 2010 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Fernando

    What a shame...

    April 5, 2010 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Aadam b. Mikael

    I notice there's no mention within this report of the fact that two children were also injured in this unprovoked attacks upon innocent civilians.

    April 5, 2010 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  6. NancyK

    First the report this morning that U.S Special Forces killed three women on Feb. 12 during a raid in Afghanistan–two of the women were pregnant mothers with sixteen children between them–and then dug the bullets out of their bodies so they could cover up what they had done...Then this horrific video of trigger happy U.S. soldiers in Iraq acting like they are playing a video game as they shoot down unarmed photographers from above. The comments they make are chilling. And no one in the Administration will answer Helen Thomas's question about "why they hate us." It's not for our freedoms, that's for sure.

    April 5, 2010 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jake

    When you're in a war zone, bad things happen.

    April 5, 2010 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  8. RTP212

    Firstly I like how the video outlines things like "Saaed with camera" without this little caption there's no way of telling if the things they are carrying are camera's or weapons.

    I also like the part of the video where the journalist kneels down next to the building. All you can see is a long cylindrical object that can easily be mistaken for a weapon, particularly an RPG.

    I also like how the video zooms in to the van to outline children. Even though from the regular video without the enhancement there's no way of telling there are kids in the van.

    Nice bit of anti American propaganda, nothing more nothing less.

    April 5, 2010 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  9. ali from cali

    gotta ask why this had to get leaked and wasnt admitted to by the military. then gotta ask if this one thing got out, then what hundred other things havent gotten out?

    April 5, 2010 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Kong

    I think it is wrong for US Army to fire at journalist from AH-64 Apache helicopter. They broke the rule of engagement in war. You can't attack the people unless they are insurgent armed with AK-47, RPG, & other weapons were made from Iran or Syria. I think US Troops should check out to see if they are insurgent. Attack Helicopter should be use against armour ground war machines such as Tanks not against Soldiers or Insurgent otherwise you end up killing civilians as well journalist.

    April 5, 2010 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jimmy Nelson

    I pray for the families..

    I also know, im sure these journlists knew as well, that when you are following terrorists around in a WAR zone you know and understand the risks.

    April 5, 2010 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  12. jsales41

    Very sad story, the U.S. army is going to be villainized for this, which they should not. Just b/c there are a few bad apples it relfect poorly on the army, who risk their lives daily for us. Second it is sad b/c innocent people lost their lives. All around sad story.

    April 5, 2010 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Kellen

    Not even ONE mention of the chatter between the soldiers, basically waiting for any gun to be shown so they could shoot them all. This is a CLEAR violation of the rules of engagement, and whats worse is the coverup behind it.

    Here is what the military released to the NY Times about the incident in 2007.

    "The American military said in a statement late Thursday that 11 people had been killed: nine insurgents and two civilians. According to the statement, American troops were conducting a raid when they were hit by small-arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades. The American troops called in reinforcements and attack helicopters. In the ensuing fight, the statement said, the two Reuters employees and nine insurgents were killed.

    "There is no question that coalition forces were clearly engaged in combat operations against a hostile force," said Lt. Col. Scott Bleichwehl, a spokesman for the multinational forces in Baghdad. "

    Watch the video and decide for yourself whether they were under any threat at all. They were actively waiting for someone to show a gun. Keep in mind that even if they were ALL weilding RPGs, the effective range is about 900 meters, WELL out of range of the apaches. The helos were under no direct threat... just listed to the damn audio.

    April 5, 2010 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
  14. veteran01

    Sadly, two children were also seriously injured in the van during this attack on civilians!

    April 5, 2010 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
  15. John in AZ

    This is very disturbing, and although I don't doubt that the service members involved truly believed they were engaging combatants, that belief or perception is precisely the problem. I can't be the only person who can clearly see these were not combatants, can I? Where was the hesitation, or the request for verification? Even the van that pulled up to assist the wounded man...I don't know, I feel ill.

    April 5, 2010 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
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