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Iraq: The Apache Helicopter Video

Background

The Video

Media Reports

Screenshots

 

Background - Iraq, December 1st, 2003

 

“The pictures are appalling, the words devastating. As a wounded Iraqi crawls from beneath a burning truck, an American helicopter pilot tells his commander that one of three men has survived his night air attack. ‘Someone wounded,’ the pilot cries. Then he received the reply: ‘Hit him, hit the truck and him.’ As the helicopter’s gun camera captures the scene on video, the pilot fires a 30mm gun at the wounded man, vaporising him in a second.

 

“British and most European television stations censored the tape off the air last night on the grounds that the pictures were too terrible to show. But deliberately shooting a wounded man is a war crime under the Geneva Conventions and this extraordinary film of US air crews in action over Iraq is likely to create yet another international outcry. […]”

 

Excerpt from an “Independent” article from May 6th, 2004

View of the later killing scene from the gunner’s camera

 

The Video

 

 

External view: link  file format: .wmv

Media Reports

 

May 10th, 2004 - Iraq Killing Video Story Re-Surfaces in Mainstream Press

1 news article by Online Journalism News

 

May 6th, 2004 - “Smoke Him” - Video Shows Wounded Iraqis Being Shot by US Helicopters

1 news article by the Independent

 

February 26th, 2004 - Iraq Video Clip Killings Trigger TV Investigation

1 news article by Online Journalism News

 

January 14th, 2004 - Apache Killing Video Becomes Viral News

1 news article by Online Journalism News

 

Screenshots

Iraqi drops a tube on the field

The killing begins

Final killing of a wounded Iraqi

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