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.

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- CNN Pentagon Correspondent Barbara Starr contributed to this report.

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  1. Mike


    Marines don't fly Apaches, brainiac... it's an Army helo.

    Everyone else: OH LAWDZ SOLDIERZ MAD UH MISTAKE! Ideally our military wouldn't make mistakes at all (fantasyland) but if they are going to, I'd rather it result in two dead Iraqi journalists who knew that they were on assignment in a dangerous, war-torn country than result in hundreds or thousands of dead innocent Americans.

    News flash idiots: THERE'S A WAR GOING ON IN IRAQ

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

    They had guns as you can see in the video and they died. To bad for the reporters but I'm sure they understood the risks. It's war not an episode of "Cops".

    April 5, 2010 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  3. T

    I think that they should have sent out ground troops to ask nicely if they were insurgents. If they said "no," then this would have been prevented. However, if they would have said "yes," then they had every reason to engage. No, seriously, I respect the reporter trying to get whatever story he was trying to get, but he looked like an enemy combatant peeking around the corner. It's not black and white over there and the fact that the Apache pilots had a genuine discussion about it shows that they only intended to kill combatants. These guys are doing the best that they can do over there. If anything, be mad at the politicians that sent them there in the first place. I guarantee that those pilots and any other pilot would still do the same thing with the indicators that were presented.

    April 5, 2010 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Martijn

    Shame on America.
    The government didn't try to cover this up?
    I remember them taking members of Wikileaks into custody to intorregate about where they obtained the footage and demanding it not to be shown.

    We hear al the story's coming from America about the censorship in China. Well gues what it's the same in America.

    Though this video will probably be covered up by the government and things like "tiger woods returns to golf" will be the mainstream again.

    It's a sad day for America

    April 5, 2010 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Cap

    Sorry Jake but the "In a war zone, bad things happen" doesn't hold water in this case. What the world sees is soldiers from the land of the free, gleefully shooting everything in sight. Truly accurate or not, real or not, thats what this video shows and so that is the reality, like it or not. You cannot invade a foregin nation with the promise of freedom and then put some 30mm rounds into children. We're the good guys and the world knows it...but we're only the good guys as long as we do things that are good and right. This is not it.

    April 5, 2010 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Evan

    Unfortunately I watched the whole video. I am sickened by the total disregard for human life and the sick way in which these men killed. I never realized that our armed forces ENJOYED killing so much. DISGUSTING! They did not care if it was a camera or a gun.... they just wanted any excuse to KILL.

    April 5, 2010 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  7. NZN

    I think you all forget that the US is at war. War is an ugly dirty thing and pretty damn difficult. It's obvious that these pilots believed that they were taking out armed enemies. Before you label them as war criminals why don't you put yourself in there shoes. If you're going to blame anyone, blame the politicians that you all voted for, who are calling the shots in there plush DC offices...

    April 5, 2010 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Garret

    This coverage is appalling. "We wont show the rest out of respect for the families" my ass. The rest of the video shows how blood crazed the soldiers were. They were looking for any excuse they could to blast those men away. As is stated even in this little portion, there were no US army troops in the area. The men weren't firing at the chopper nor did it ever look like they were ever intending to (they didnt even have weapons). There was no immediate danger and it certainly wasnt clear that they were a threat. The "investigation" clearly wasnt very detailed...

    April 5, 2010 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  9. MattGordonMD

    We should not have the news filtered where they stop the video before the shooting. "Out of respect" is a nice way of sanitizing the results of combat. If more people saw the reality of combat, then they might, hopefully, be less inclined to rush our valuable men and women into a war situarion.

    April 5, 2010 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mike

    Also to all you "war as a video game" and "unmanned drones" whiners...

    An apache is a MANNED helicopter fully capable of BEING SHOT DOWN BY AN RPG.

    If they did believe that these men had an RPG (I didn't see a camera, just a long thing that, in the heat of war I could easily assume to be a shoulder-fired weapon) they also realistically feared for their own safety.

    April 5, 2010 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  11. JNS

    Let's see you have nearby US troops receiving gun fire from this area. A helicopter comes by spots at minimum two individuals with guns and one individual with a RPG, kills the people trying to kill US troops and then gets deamonized because two reporters happened to get killed in the mis. Shows that you shouldn't be hobb nobbing with the enemy. To me it looks like the two journalist were leading the group to cover an/or walking with them to cover. You wanna be in the mix with insurgents you take the risks the insurgents take.

    April 5, 2010 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  12. USA1

    Yes! Every body hates America, until they come to live here for free or they need our help! Real smart Panel!

    April 5, 2010 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mac

    So two journalist are following around insurgents and they get killed and it's the US soldiers fault? Here is a hint to those reporters that would go to Iraq to follow the insurgents, don't hang out with armed men in an area in which a US force was recently attacked. Did they deserve to die, no. However, these reporters have to be smart enough to know when they are walking with armed men and they are carrying camera equipment, they look armed as well. Plus, nobody in the group is wearing uniforms so they are not Iraqi police or military. I guess to some of you people, armed groups of men roaming the streets are just doing community service. As far as I am concerned, it a good shoot. Fly, fight, win.

    April 5, 2010 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
  14. USMC California

    Without a doubt a very tragic moment and seemly indefensible act it’s important to understand the circumstances when and where this took place. This was the height of the surge and one of the most dangerous places in Iraq at the time. Where I draw the line is the attack after which the “enemy” was no longer a threat.

    April 5, 2010 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Neal

    If reporters embed themselves with the enemy, isn't it reasonable that they will be killed just like the enemy? Armed men (and they do look like they are armed to me) that were in that location at that time could only be fighting for one side - not ours. How about giving our side a break!

    April 5, 2010 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
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