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Killings Database – Year 2007



The Thar Thar Killings (II)


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Background - October 11th, 2007


“[…] The American military said on Friday that it was vigorously investigating a Thursday evening airstrike on a stronghold of insurgent leaders northwest of Baghdad that also killed nine children and six women. The civilian toll is one of the highest to result from a single American military action since the beginning of the Iraq war. Rear Adm. Greg Smith, an American military spokesman here, said the killings were ‘absolutely regrettable,’ but blamed the enemy fighters for engaging American forces while using civilians as a shield. ‘We do not target civilians,’ the admiral said in an interview on Friday. ‘But when our forces are fired upon, as they are routinely, then they have no option but to return fire.’ […]”


Excerpt of a New York Times article from October 13th, 2007.

Destroyed house after U.S. attack


Video: Al-Jazeera Documentary on the Thar Thar Killings (II)


Media Reports


October 14th, 2007 - UN Urges ‘Vigorous’ US Raid Probe

1 news article by Al-Jazeera


October 13th, 2007 - U.S. Investigates Civilian Toll in Airstrike

1 news article by the New York Times


October 12th, 2007 - Iraq Sends Mixed Messages on U.S. Raid

1 news article by the Associated Press



Military Reports


October 12th, 2007 - Coalition Air Strike in Iraq Claims Lives of Terrorists, Civilians

Press Release by the American Forces Press Service


“[…] A coalition air strike yesterday that killed terrorists also claimed the lives of a large number of innocent victims, military officials said. During an operation to pursue senior al Qaeda leaders in the Lake Thar Thar region, troops encountered small-arms fire from the target building. Responding in self-defense, coalition aircraft engaged the enemies inside the building.


“After the air strike, ground forces discovered that 15 terrorists, six women and nine children had been killed. Troops determined that two suspects, one woman and three children also were wounded. Ground forces also detained one suspected terrorist after the strike. Coalition force medical experts administered treatment to those injured, who were later taken to a nearby military facility for further aid.


A Multinational Force Iraq statement issued today said coalition forces are investigating the incident, which is a standard practice with all incidents involving civilian injuries or deaths. ‘We are working closely with local Iraqi officials and tribal leaders to ascertain and provide a full accounting of events. We are further committed to ensuring the needs of those affected are thoroughly respected and provided for,’ the statement said. Army Maj. Brad Leighton, a Multinational Force Iraq spokesman, lamented the civilian victims. ‘We regret that civilians are hurt or killed while coalition forces search to rid Iraq of terrorism,’ he said. ‘These terrorists chose to deliberately place innocent Iraqi women and children in danger by their actions and presence.’ […]”



Photo Credits




1) Bullet-riddled house after U.S. attack - October 13th, 2007 - Reuters;


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