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For Two Grieving Families, Video Reveals Grim Truth
Key Excerpts from Article on Website of New York Times

New York Times, April 7, 2010
Posted: April 19th, 2010

The women of Saeed Chmaghs family wept, but the men did not as they watched a video of him being shot to death by a gunner on an American Apache attack helicopter. I saw the truth, Samir Chmagh, 19, son of the dead man, said Tuesday in his familys living room in Baghdad. They saw clearly that they were journalists and that they were holding cameras. It was painful when we saw this movie. In July 2007 on the streets of Baghdad ... American troops gunned down men they identified as insurgents. The attack left 12 people dead, including Namir Noor-Eldeen, a 22-year-old Reuters photographer, and Mr. Chmagh, 40, a driver and assistant for the news agency. A video from the cockpit of an Apache helicopter was released on Monday by, an online organization that said it had received the video from a whistle-blower in the military. The video has become an Internet sensation, with defenders saying the soldiers believed they were under threat and critics denouncing what they said were callous and bloodthirsty comments by the soldiers as they killed about a dozen people. At last the truth has been revealed, and Im satisfied God revealed the truth, Noor Eldeen, the photographers father, said in Mosul. If such an incident took place in America ... what would they do?

Note: To view this disturbing video which shows how some soldiers consider this kind of killing to be a fun game, click here.

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