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. nick

    I just wonder Why People hate USA.Dont you.?

    April 5, 2010 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Samir

    CNN, you conveniently forgot to mention the children killed in the attack, as well as some of the inhumane attitudes of the soldiers towards taking human life (which was prevalent during their conversations).

    Supporting your troops is one thing, but to not acknowledge their psychological insensitivity and inhumanity towards taking a human life is another.

    April 5, 2010 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Pg4cazm

    This is brutal. I have seen the full video and it clearly shows at the end the blood shedding that Apache did. The pilot voices seemed scared and freightened though they are miles a way in the air. How can military attest that it was no one fault. The military intelligence must have made this fatal error.

    April 5, 2010 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
  4. NB

    What can one except when hanging out with insurgents. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree. Whos to say these individuals weren't filming other insurgents shooting our soldiers. We know how many videos have been released from insurgents taping the killing of Americans.

    April 5, 2010 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jim Vaughan

    Show the entire video, to not do so shows no respect at all for those killed.

    April 5, 2010 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jeff Kingsley

    This news story is a delayed form of sensationalism. It is clear, or at least should be, that every casualty of this war is a tremendous loss. The killing of innocent civilians is never an act that is or should be taken lightly but why is it that these are the actions of this war that are the most publicized? As is most often the case the media panders to our emotional side one that will evoke an immediate reaction rather than to the real story. The story of a nation that has sacrificed its young, best, and brightest so that an area of the world that needs it the most may someday say they are free from the oppressive nature of their past, and the foreign forces that once dominated their landscape. The real story is the story of a culture that finally has reporters that are free to report and the dangers that they face in order to report it, It is not the story they portray of an AH-64 pilot who made a fatal error that he will grieve and surely regret for the rest of his life.

    April 5, 2010 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Johnyboy

    This is just sad. I hope to see the murders put on trial and then executed.

    April 5, 2010 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
  8. NJensen

    The whole video is being circulated all over the internet so just do a search and have a look for yourself. CNN's take on it is not doing it justice (they state that its out of respect for the families of the dead) and in my opinion this video is a must see. Just shows you how horrible war is.

    April 5, 2010 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
  9. John Stamos

    Thanks WikiLeaks for the good work!

    April 5, 2010 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Sal

    Many of most gruesome clips weren't shown, and I understand why. This was a terrible video to watch in its 39 minute entirety. The soldiers that mocked the dead of 2 kids were Un-American and make all of us look bad.

    There types of events breed more terror. We need to get out of Iraq as soon as possible and stop all these needless wars.

    April 5, 2010 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Sean A

    Clearly these are cowards just like those who they propose to be fighting. Only they have the technology to float out of sight and press a button to kill. It's easy to laugh about it, as they did, when you are so far away that the human element of their victims' pain and suffering is removed from their sight. What a disgraceful disregard for human life this is, and it will only continue so long as we do not dismantle this industrial-war complex intent on the production of efficient killing machines to aid in the US governments' imperialist agenda. This same disrespect of human life is going on in Afghanistan and elsewhere. It's little wonder radicalists can preach doctrines of hate towards America and gain a following.

    April 5, 2010 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Travis

    Money well spent Bush! Money better spent on local health care.

    April 5, 2010 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Kong

    US Troops should have engage these people in the video not AH-64 Apache attack helicopter. US military break the rule of engagement in the war in Iraq. You cannot attack those people unless they are insurgent carrying AK-47, RPG, & other weapons they got from Iran. Those people are journalist the one cover the stories what happening the war in Iraq and then give information to media news.

    April 5, 2010 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Sky

    I've seen the whole video. This is absolutely one of the worst crimes i've ever seen in my life. I couldn't breathe as I watched. Whoever gave those orders "because they didn't have men near there" obviously didn't think that THERE ARE OTHER INNOCENT PEOPLE IN THIS WORLD BESIDES AMERICAN MARINES.

    April 5, 2010 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Catherine

    "The helicopter crew members believed they were firing on armed insurgents".

    Ehh,.. I think the video shows otherwise...

    April 5, 2010 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
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