The Lady Speaks

Why do the Iraqis want US troops to leave?

Well, here’s one good reason:

From the Associated Press:

ISAHAQI, Iraq – Eleven people — most women and children — were killed when a house was bombed during a U.S. raid north of Baghdad early Wednesday, police and relatives said.

The U.S. military acknowledged four deaths — a man, two women and a child — in the raid that they said netted an insurgent suspect in the rural Isahaqi area, about 50 miles north of the capital.

Associated Press photographs showed the bodies of two men, five children and four other covered figures arriving at the hospital accompanied by grief-stricken relatives.

(snip)

At the site of the U.S. raid, Riyadh Majid, who identified himself as the nephew of the killed head of the family — Faez Khalaf — told AP at the hospital that U.S. forces landed in helicopters and stormed the home early Wednesday.

Khalaf’s brother, Ahmed, said nine of the victims were family members who lived at the house and two were unidentified visitors.

‘The killed family was not part of the resistance; they were women and children,’ Ahmed Khalaf said. ‘The Americans have promised us a better life, but we get only death.’

(snip)

‘Troops were engaged by enemy fire as they approached the building,’ said Tech. Sgt. Stacy Simon, a military spokeswoman. ‘Coalition forces returned fire utilizing both air and ground assets. The targeted individual was detained during this raid.’

I read the article three times. Nowhere at all in the spokeswoman’s reponse is there even the slightest hint of an apology for killing a family. For killing innocent women and children.

But, hey. They caught the target.

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March 15, 2006 - Posted by | Iraq, US Military, War

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