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Killings Database - Year 2009

 

 

The Abu Ghraib Shooting

 

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Background - July 21st, 2009

 

“When insurgents attacked an American convoy with AK-47 rounds and a couple of grenades on a dusty highway in a Baghdad suburb this week, U.S. soldiers returned fire, chased the suspects through narrow alleyways and raided houses. Tuesday’s clash killed two Iraqi adults and a 14-year-old and wounded four people, including two children. When the shooting subsided, another confrontation began. A senior Iraqi army commander who arrived at the scene concluded that the Americans had fired indiscriminately at civilians and ordered his men to take the U.S. soldiers into custody. The U.S. military said the soldiers had acted in self-defense and had sought to avoid civilian casualties; U.S. commanders at the scene persuaded the Iraqis to back down. […] ’What happened is a crime,’ the Iraqi commander said Friday during a brief interview in his office. ‘Civilians were killed.’ The commander and a senior Iraqi police official, who also characterized the American response as a ‘crime,’ spoke on the condition of anonymity, citing ministry regulations that bar them from speaking to the news media without written approval. […]”

 

Excerpt of a Washington Post article from July 25th, 2009

Wounded shooting victim

 

Media Reports

 

July 25th, 2009 - After the Shooting, Another Showdown

1 news article from the Washington Post

 

July 23rd, 2009 - U.S. Military Says Kills Two Iraqi Gunmen

1 news article from Reuters

 

July 22nd, 2009 - US Says 3 Killed in Iraq Attack

2 news articles from the Associated Press & Agence France Presse

 

 

Government Reports

 

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Photo Credits

 

Background

 

1) "I hate the Americans," said Sufian Neda, 9, who was wounded when U.S. troops and insurgents traded gunfire near Baghdad. - July 23rd/24th, 2009 - Ernesto Londoño/Washington Post;

 

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