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. Stephan

    This is what happens when you go into a war zone with the enemy. YOU DIE! This is what war is about.

    April 5, 2010 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Sean Murphy

    Killing men trying to help the wounded is disgusting and we all should be ashamed.
    End the war already obama.

    April 5, 2010 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  3. M

    Stephan... what do you mean "go into a war zone with the enemy". There WAS no war zone. The American military CREATED a war zone by shooting up civilians, none of them were involved in illegal or dangerous activities. Unless you consider journalism to be an activity that harms other people...

    April 5, 2010 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Eric

    We should no be persecuting our troops. They are fighting an enemy that hides behind innocent civilians and do not play by the conventional rules of war.

    This a tough spot for our young men & woman serving our country. It is easy to be an armchair soldier.

    April 5, 2010 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Prime

    Well said Ben

    April 5, 2010 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Raj

    Why these anti ntional people leaking this footage,stuff happens in war zone,can you differentiate between a terrorist and a reporter from a chopper.

    April 5, 2010 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Steve Jones

    Whats the problem here, clearly one of them had an RPG...and was hiding around the corner of the building and looking like he was preparing it to fire.

    Heli crew therefore were well within their rights to fire..or be fired on.

    April 5, 2010 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jibran Smith

    I also want to say that I am opposed to the war, and feel terrible for the suffering and pain inflicted by it on anyone. War sucks. So let's never start one for no reason ever again.

    April 5, 2010 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
  9. mike

    Obviously we have a bunch of "judgers" here. These judgers don't make mistakes. They never have. Though these jugders have never been to war, they know how it all works. Enough said.

    April 5, 2010 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
  10. KAB

    Child murdering scum.

    This shames me having been part of the miltary in a nation allied to the USA.

    April 5, 2010 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
  11. TheLittleOne

    Seriously? It was a tripod, not an RPG.Where in the video can you see they were "clearly" carrying weapons? They were confirmed as photographers; which is more likely, that a photog is carrying a camera or an AK-47? This is atrocious, to the highest degree

    April 5, 2010 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
  12. lovemerc

    I wonder how many of the posters that have left comments have actually been in a combat situation such as this. It is very easy to "Monday morning quarterback" any given situation.

    April 5, 2010 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  13. dmd

    wish it was unbelievable but with our country nothing shocks or surprises me anymore. it's sad. it's time for our government to go away and it's only a matter of time before karma pays us back for what our out of control leaders have done.

    April 5, 2010 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Andrew

    Even if they did have an RPG (which I don't think they did – it's the cameraman), the helicopter was well outside of the RPG's 920m range, as evidenced by the ~3 second delay between the 30mm cannon firing and the rounds striking the target. Those rounds travel at ~1080m/s and was therefore at least 2000m (2 kilometers!) outside of the RPG's range. The helicopter was in NO danger and the crew could have taken the time to confirm what they were seeing.

    They also claim to be fired at, but there's no muzzle flashes in the video. They were not under fire.

    The military also claimed that "there is no question that coalition forces were clearly engaged in combat operations against a hostile force" when the reporters/children were killed. There were no US forces in the area and the helicopter was not fired upon. The worst part about this whole thing is that the only reason this incident is getting attention is because reporters were killed. This kind of mistake happens over and over and over again. How many other times has it been covered up with a false statement like the above?

    April 5, 2010 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  15. snotun

    Cowboys with technology and a heart of steel, bad combo.

    April 5, 2010 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
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