Saturday, June 03, 2006

Coalition Forces in Iraq cleared of any wrongdoing in March 15 Raid

What really happened?

... Credible intelligence led to the raid, in which Ahmad Abdallah Muhammad Nais al-Utai, also known as Hamza, a Kuwaiti-born al Qaeda cell leader, was captured and Uday Faris al-Tawafi, also known as Abu Ahmed, an Iraqi involved in making roadside bombs as well as recruiting local people to join the insurgency, was killed, Army Maj. Gen. William B. Caldwell IV, Multinational Force Iraq spokesman said.

When ground forces arrived at a house that intelligence reports said was being used as an insurgent safe house, they came under fire from the building, the general said.

"As the enemy fire persisted, the ground force commander appropriately reacted by incrementally escalating the use of force from small arms fire to rotary wing aviation, and then to close air support, ultimately eliminating the threat," he said.

"Allegations that the troops executed a family living in this safe house, and then hid the alleged crimes by directing an air strike, are absolutely false," the coalition spokesman added.

In the subsequent search, the general said, coalition forces documented the discovery of Abu Ahmed's body and those of three noncombatants.

"The investigation concluded that coalition forces "operated in accordance with the rules of engagement governing our combat forces in Iraq.

The investigating officer concluded possibly up to nine collateral deaths resulted from this engagement, but could not determine the precise number due to collapsed walls and heavy debris," Caldwell said.

Caldwell noted that Arab and Western media have focused a great deal of attention recently on allegations of coalition troops killing innocent civilians in Iraq. (AubreyJ says: “Can you say political motivated... MSM reporting at the expense of our troops!!!?”)

"Temptation exists to lump all these incidents together," Gen. Caldwell said. "However, each case needs to be examined individually. Let me be clear. Multinational Force Iraq does not and will not tolerate unethical or criminal behavior. All allegations of the loss of civilian life are thoroughly investigated. All loss of innocent life is tragic and unfortunate, and we regret such occurrences. We take all reports of improper conduct seriously; we investigate them thoroughly, and hold our troops accountable for their actions."
(Above take in part from a press release by DoD – AFIS, that was written by John D. Banusiewicz)

This is how some in the MSM are reporting it...
Click it out:
>>> Iraqi Condemns Probe Clearing U.S. Troops
>>> Iraqis reject US Ishaqi findings
Military denies latest claims of deliberate killings in Iraq

Michelle Malkin’s take on some MSM reporting HERE

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