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The Al-Washash Killings

 

Background

Media Reports

Government Reports

Photo Credits

 

Background - September 6th, 2007

 

“US air strikes on a Baghdad neighbourhood before dawn on Thursday killed 14 civilians while they were sleeping and destroyed several houses, angry residents and Iraqi officials said. Defence and interior ministry officials said US helicopters fired on houses in the Al-Washash neighbourhood of Mansour district in west Baghdad between 2.00 am and 3.00 am while in pursuit of insurgents. ‘The attacks on the houses took place while people were sleeping. There were no clashes. The area had been quiet,’ said an interior ministry official who did not want to be named. At least 10 people were wounded and were admitted to the nearby Al-Yarmuk hospital. ‘Two to five houses were destroyed. Among the wounded are several women,’ the official said. […]”

 

Excerpt of a Middle East Online article from September 6th, 2007.

Destroyed house after U.S. air strike

 

Media Reports

 

September 7th, 2007 - U.S. Air Strike in Baghdad Kills 14

1 news article by Reuters

 

September 6th, 2007 - U.S. Troops Battle Suspected Militiamen

1 news article by the Associated Press

 

September 6th, 2007 - US Air Strikes in Baghdad Kill 14 Civilians

1 news article by Middle East Online

 

 

Government Reports

 

September 6th, 2007 - Strike in Al-Washash Targets Criminals

Press Release by the Multi-National Force-Iraq, Press Desk

 

“[…] Last night Iraqi forces with coalition support conducted operations that targeted criminal elements in the Al Washash neighborhood in western Baghdad who were involved in murder, extortion of local citizens and attacks on local police. This operation targeted only those who were breaking the law.  

 

“The Multi-National Force continues to stand with the Government of Iraq in welcoming the commitment by Muqtada al-Sadr to stop attacks by his followers. Indications are that it appears many honorable members of Jaysh al-Mahdi are fulfilling Sadr’s pledge of honor to stop attacks and reduce the violence.   

 

“However, a few attacks on coalition forces and innocent Iraqis have continued. Our assumption is that these groups are not honoring Sadr’s orders and thus will not be subject to the restraint we have observed for those who are responding to Sadr’s orders. […]”

 

The Aftermath of the Air Strike

Man in destroyed house

Woman in destroyed house

Man in destroyed house

Photo Credits

 

Background

 

1) Destroyed house after U.S. air strike - September 6th, 2007 - Associated Press;

 

The Aftermath of the Air Strike

 

1) An Iraqi man walks through a house that was destroyed in an attack in Baghdad. - September 6th, 2007 - Associated Press;

2) A woman stands inside a destroyed house after a US airstrike in Baghdad - September 6th, 2007 - Reuters;

3) Iraqi man walks through a destroyed house after a U.S. airstrike in Baghdad - September 6th, 2007 - Reuters;

 

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