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Iraq: The Falluja Aerial Bombing - April 2004

 

Background

 

“‘This video is […] gun film footage from a US Air Force F-16 fighter. The mission was not ‘recent’, it was in April 2004. This was a close air support mission, flown by an F-16 Fighting Falcon in the Fallujah vicinity, and under the control of a Joint Terminal Attack Controller serving with ground forces in the area. The JTAC designated the target and confirmed the hit.’  The confirmed hit happens incredibly quickly, just 32 seconds from the pilot telling ground control he's seen the crowd to the deaths of thirty or so people. […]

 

“As Fallujah again comes into US gun sights many will want to know who were these people? Insurgents? Innocents? Running away from trouble? running to attack? […] The Pentagon says its chasing answers but has yet to explain why these people were targeted. […]”

 

Excerpt of an “Independent” article from October 6th, 2004.

Cockpit view of Falluja

 

The Video

 

 

External view: link   file format: .wmv

Media Reports

 

October 6th, 2004 - Take Them Out, Dude: Pilots Toast Hit on Iraqi ‘Civilians’

1 news article by the Independent & transcript of a Channel 4 News (UK) documentary

 

August 1st, 2004 - Falluja: Documenting Death

1 news article by Al-Ahram

 

Screenshots

The pilot discovers a group of people

The last moment before impact

The bomb explodes

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