February 21st, 2011
04:45 PM ET

Video purportedly shows slain Libyan soldiers who refused orders

Video has been posted on YouTube of what CNN is told are six badly burned bodies of Libyan soldiers in open body bags.

The video, taken on a cell phone, was posted on Monday. It is not known when it was taken. Opposition sources in Libya say the bodies are of soldiers who refused to shoot at anti-government demonstrators.

The video, which is just over a minute long, shows a crowd gathered around the bodies. With sirens wailing in the background, the person with the camera pushes through the crowd to the bodies laid out in a line, charred beyond recognition. The sources say many more bodies were found in an adjacent military barracks. CNN staff say the accents heard on the video are North African. It has not been possible for CNN to otherwise independently verify the video.

Warning: Due to the graphic nature of this video, viewer discretion is advised.

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    were they killed cause they didnt follow orders?

    or were they dead already and not folowing orders?

    February 21, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • dajInn

      These are not soldiers, these are civilians. CNN please verify your news.

      February 21, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Enoch100

      Get with it! All good soldiers follow orders, whether they are dead or alive is irrelevant!

      February 21, 2011 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nameless

      Enoch100...good soilders no the difference between an order and an unlawful order.

      February 21, 2011 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Adam R

      @ Bill who said "Saying CNN doesnt have a political agenda is like saying that cookies arent desert."

      I would just like to say, cookies are not the desert.

      February 21, 2011 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Art

      Spirit of Freedom........Yup, these killers are friends of Israel's and the USA. And so is Iran, Somalia, al qaeda, etc. I know that Saudi Arabia is especially good friends with Israel. Why just the other day the 2 countries got together for some lox and bagels, which is a particularly favorite of the Saudis. And who can doubt that Libya and Israel are close friends? I can feel the love. BTW moron, how many Muslims were killed by other Muslims in the last 48 hours anyway? The last week? The last month? The last year? Can you even count that high?

      February 21, 2011 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Oakland Richard

      Adam R. says CNN has a political agenda. I bet he thinks FOX "News" is fair and balanced.

      February 22, 2011 at 12:47 am | Report abuse |
    • C. Hartmann

      I admired CNNs coverage of the unrests in Tunisia and Egypt, but now that they are not allowed to send journalists into Libya they talk the whole day about how the rising oil prices affect "us poor people in Europe and the US", because they don't have any new information or footage. It seems so out of place while literally at the same time people get shot by gunships.

      February 22, 2011 at 6:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Veritas

      Hitlers soldiers followed orders,. Sometimes a soldier's conscience must rule.

      February 22, 2011 at 7:17 am | Report abuse |
  2. CNN=FOX

    Im amazed how fast CNN has turned into Fox in that the headlines are more important than the truth. All someone has to do to get on CNN is say they saw something or something is happening and CNN just added (we cant verify...) I guess ratings is important...

    February 21, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ally Buster

      The difference between Fox an CNN is that Fox has a political agenda......

      February 21, 2011 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tyhouston

      Trip on over to "Black in America" and you'll see Cnn's

      February 21, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rudedog

      CNN tells you up front that the clip may not be accurate. Faux Noise will LIE to their audience who will eat it up like so many dung beetles feasting.

      February 21, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zeblon

      You really think CNN doesn't have a politcal agenda? Are you blind? I don't think this story is based on any political agenda, but TONS of their other stories ARE. The frequency with which certain topics are highlighted make it painfully obvious that they have an agenda, and that's before you see how non-biased the articles themselves are.

      February 21, 2011 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Enoch100

      The difference between Fox and CNN is that CNN has a most liberal agenda.

      February 21, 2011 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jerimiah

      CNN = Left Wing (Liberal)
      Fox = Right Wing (Conservative)

      February 21, 2011 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jessy

      (quote) CNN = "Central" News Network (Unbiased)
      Fox = Right Wing (Conservative) (end quote)

      Fixed it for you. 🙂

      February 21, 2011 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      Saying CNN doesnt have a political agenda is like saying that cookies arent desert.

      February 21, 2011 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • bitphr3ak

      Quoting an article...

      atching Fox News leaves viewers less informed and more prone to believing misinformation, according to a study conducted by the WorldPublicOpinion.org at the University of Maryland.

      While regular consumers of news were found to be more informed on issues surrounding the 2010 Senate elections, daily Fox viewers were significantly more likely to believe incorrect information on the economy, climate change and whether or not U.S. President Barack Obama was born in America.

      “We found that those who watch Fox nearly every day, compared to those who never or only watch it a little, are more likely to believe some pieces of misinformation that circulated during the recent election campaign,” said Clay Ramsay, research director at WorldPublicOpinion.org

      Left or Right I'll stick with CNN

      February 21, 2011 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • TomKas

      Wow, people are being shot, bodies burned, the populations are being suppressed and these same leaders want nukes. You folks are arguing over whose news is the sloppiest. Wow. I bet you are all against the war in Iraq too. He wasn't a bad dictator right (Saddam). The difference between Saddam and the burned bodies in these stories, is that Saddam's son just ran them through the wood chipper instead of burning them. Sleep well tonight. these people you read about, will not!

      February 21, 2011 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Adam R

      to Bill who said "Saying CNN doesnt have a political agenda is like saying that cookies arent desert."

      I would just like to say, cookies are not the desert.

      February 21, 2011 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pitt Cairn

      Please – it's "deSSert", for crying out loud. "Desert" is where the action is taking place.

      February 21, 2011 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • chris

      CNN, MSNBC, and most media outlets are slanted to the left. Fox is slanted to the right. get it straight. to say otherwise shows you just how brainwashed you are.

      February 21, 2011 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • johnC

      CNN has a liberal orientation, but that is a far cry from Fox's conservative agenda. You can't compare the two. Fox lies, whereas CNN reveals its liberal preferences.

      February 21, 2011 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Olivia

      If you're this concerned with the accuracy of CNN's reports, why aren't you simply getting your news from a different source? CNN does its best to provide America with rapid, accurate coverage. Whether the video is of civilians or soldiers, CNN is ensuring that we are aware of what is going on. Yes, there are opinion pieces and articles written with more of a bias, but when it comes to reports like this, I see absolutely no bias whatsoever. They've tried the best they can to provide us with news.

      February 22, 2011 at 12:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Nodack

      CNN= Tries to be center, but slightly left.
      FOX News=Ultra Right Wing Conservative, but claims to be Fair and Balanced

      February 22, 2011 at 12:43 am | Report abuse |
    • lance corporal

      CNN is moderate, it only seems biased to the right because you either drink their kool aid or your the enemy, and one who doesn't COMPLETELY agree with them is a..... libtard etc. also in a fast changing situation like this I expect incomplete info, CNN has diminished but they are still an actual NEWS organization, fox very clearly is not

      February 22, 2011 at 1:35 am | Report abuse |
    • newsreel

      All those who complain CNN has a political agenda indeed have a political agenda themselves: The neutral news reported buy CNN have negative effect on their political view and they cannot stand it. Compare to Fox, which is blatantly bias, and unshamefully lying/bending the truth, CNN is the standard of neutral, which is the exact reason they cannot stand it. These people desperately need winning argument for their losing political view.

      February 22, 2011 at 6:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Upperhand

      Pfft!! You're an idiot! CNN also has a political agenda or are you to dumb to know the difference?!

      February 22, 2011 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Upperhand

      Fox = Right Wing (Conservative = Anti – Communist, Anti – Socialist, Anti – Fascist, Anti – Liberal, Anti-Regime, Anti-Govt. Control)


      CNN = Left Wing (Liberal = State Run Media)
      ABC = Left Wing (Liberal = State Run Medial)
      CBS = Left Wing (Liberal = State Run Media)
      PMSNBC = Left Wing (Liberal = State Run Medial)

      Learn the difference! Know your enemy!

      February 22, 2011 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
  3. nri201


    February 21, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |

      it's still going to be stinkhole..

      February 21, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |

      Sorry folks,I didn't post the above. It looks like Phunnie boy's at it again!

      February 21, 2011 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy



    February 21, 2011 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Forrest

    Rulers of these countries are absolute thugs... So was Rumsfeld & Bush. The world should make these greedy thugs aware that their days in control are numbered.

    Tens of thousands of U.S. citizens (our soldiers) are dead. Hundreds of thousands are injured in horrific ways, hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraquis are dead at our government hands. And Rumsfeld just announced if they had known there were no WMD that they probably would not have entered the war! They forced us into this war which destroyed our economy as well.

    All leaders who are there because of greed need to be held accountable including the U.S. CEO's who rob this country blind.

    February 21, 2011 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • DCJason

      Write, Forrest, write !

      February 21, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tyhouston

      Grow up about the Bush thing, amazing no one is beating down Clintons door for him bombing Osama and blaming him for 9/11 children like you who have no idea how a country is run shouldn't talk about just punishing figure head presidents. If kids knew what being president meant, fools blaming them for things they couldn't control or done behind their back and wanting them to be killed for it? Heck you couldn't force people to be president.

      BTW anyone with a brain, if you find WMD you don't tell the media...guess why? Cause they tell the world the exact location of WMD and guess what happens then? If you can't, don't vote or breed. Keep watching TV and don't leave the house. It's all your good for.

      February 21, 2011 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • EricaS

      I just want to say THANK YOU!

      February 21, 2011 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rudedog

      Amazing how the apologists STILL protect Bush even after ALL the evidence. Those who blame Bush should get over it??? Tell that to those who died because of him!!

      February 21, 2011 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      What a simple mind you have Forrest. Now go back down to mommies basement before you hurt yourself.

      February 21, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • CT

      WMD's weren't found, there never were WMDs, and one of the apparent inside sources for Bush said the chemical weapons that were found were lies. If WMDs were found in Iraq, every media outlet in the world would have found out. Not exactly a country that has Delta commandos that are never heard of. Bush and co. were told by sources they found reasonable there were WMDs. They took an unnecessary action, and we're finally getting out of Iraq 8 years later. But those guys were just figureheads for the corporations. Oil was the motivation, and Cheney got his way. This nation is run by money now, not government. Scary truth

      February 21, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • DRK

      Wow, Forrest, how much Koolaid do you drink?

      February 21, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Enoch100

      stoopid is and stoopid does....

      February 21, 2011 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • US vet

      Tyhouston said it right. You're a moron. Stop talking. All Vets feel the opposite of your comments, trust me. Every time I hear people cry about the wars the USA has been in and blame Bush but, NOT ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE HAVE EVER SERVED THIER COUNTRY!
      And most of you wouldn't. It's so much easier to talk out of your rear from the computer.
      I tell you what. Join the service, become an officer or enlisted, and defend your country. Then come on back and talk, ONLY then will you have earned the right to talk about a war you never served it.
      Oh and btw...CEO's went to school, got degrees and climed the ladder. Grouping a few bad apples into the whole bunch, and saying they are all crooks sounds like Stereo typing...same as, oh I dont know....Racism? Idiot.
      Yeah..just stop talking.

      February 21, 2011 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jay Harmon

      USVet: Although I can't say I agree with Forrest, I don't think as you do and I did serve my country. What you are saying about US veterans is...oh...I don't know....stereotyping? I would also like to add that your comments (moron, idiot, stop talking) are unbecoming of a member of the US Armed Forces and thank you for serving your country.

      February 21, 2011 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • jimmyTold

      Hard to fault you–what you are saying is true.

      February 21, 2011 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • lance corporal

      does the radical right only insult?? it just seems so childish!! you have moderate americans making intelligent posts and then you have responses from the right that are snarky insults as if that did anything other than just show the writers 9 year old mentality, it is just bewildering to me

      February 22, 2011 at 1:39 am | Report abuse |
  6. EricaS

    Only cowards will do this.

    February 21, 2011 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Bill

    Remember WACO Texas? "W"hat "A" "C"ook "O"ut

    February 21, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  8. peace

    OOOOOOOOOOOOh my God OOOh My God

    February 21, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • GPS

      OOOOOOOOOOOOh my God OOOh My God OH my God what an idiot you are peace!!!!

      February 21, 2011 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • jeuu


      February 21, 2011 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Laura


    February 21, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  10. stevo

    Funny how all these countries are fighting for DEMOCRACY!!! Maybe they all see what the Iraqis have gotten a taste of. If all these countries keep fighting for Democracy, maybe Al Qaida will be useless.

    February 21, 2011 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amhamed Atiya

      the world is fighting for democracy .............true and right
      Iraqis got theirs ............... not true

      February 21, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Latte Liberal

      what Iraqis have been tasting is as far from DEMOCRACY as dubya is from intelligence.
      and Libya, unfortunately, is a lot closer in its tribal feudal traditions to Afghanistan and Pakistan than to Iraq.
      i do hope REAL democracy comes to Libya, but when it does, it won't have ANYTHING to do with Iraq.
      have a nice day.

      February 21, 2011 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • tbirdszz

      You have hit the nail on the head. One of things that Bush was hoping, was that Iraqi freedom would spread and it appears it has. Whether or not they can maintain their freedom and establish functional reforms that will protect it or will it degenerate into into chaos that results in islamic fundamentalism is at this point an unanswered question.

      February 21, 2011 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jay Harmon

      I'm not sure that anyone in the USA even knows what a democracy is...we live in a Republic, which has significant departures from democracy. I believe Iraq's current government model is based on our own, not democracy.

      February 21, 2011 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • jimmyTold

      tbirdszz: Oh please–there is absolutely no connection between the Iraqi disaster and the current situation in the middle east. Trying to bring in George's ridiculous justification for that war is really, really lame.

      February 21, 2011 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • lance corporal

      taste of what the iraqi's have?? you mean they want an occupying army, massive casualties and a puppet gov"t??

      February 22, 2011 at 1:41 am | Report abuse |
  11. Rudedog

    The clip looks authentic and does NOT surprise me that Khadaffy would do such a cowardly act. These dead soldiers are HEROES in any language or country. I am so proud of their sacrifice.

    February 21, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  12. banasy



    February 21, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  13. banasy

    This is interesting, Latte Liberal. So what are the Libyans fighting *for*?

    February 21, 2011 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Beni Walid

    There are a great massacre is going on in Tripoli and surrounding area as we speak. They are raping, killing children if the people refused to stop protesting.

    There are 500+ bodies were so far identified them by names and many other are missing and kidnapped.

    This is a genocide committed by Gadaffi, sons and his clans.

    February 21, 2011 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • GPS

      Maybe Gadhafi can take care of those communist Union teachers and fellow Union commies in Wisconsin.

      February 21, 2011 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Inthistogether

      @GPS. Commie teachers and union workers!? You are a tool and a fascist.

      February 22, 2011 at 1:48 am | Report abuse |
  15. MOJarry

    Hurray to all the young people of this world. They realize life can be better than what the thugs and dictators have led them to believe. Old regimes, prepare to die. The youth want a world of equality, opportunity, and fairness. The 60's turmoil in the USA by the young activists ended the obscene Vietnam war. We are now seeing this in oppressed countries throughout the world. Challenge the establishment, make your voice be heard. World change is now, so be prepared for a new world. It will be a world of your own making, so make it better for yourself.

    February 21, 2011 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jay Harmon

      Some of us non-youths want a world of equality, opportunity, and fairness too ... and isn't "make it better for yourself" what created the thugs and dictators?

      February 21, 2011 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • janimarie

      Now those young activists ARE the establishment 😉

      February 22, 2011 at 12:31 am | Report abuse |
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