:: 5.24.2004 ::
Wedding video challenges US military's story
“There was no evidence of a wedding: no decorations, no musical instruments found, no large quantities of food or leftover servings one would expect from a wedding celebration,” Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt said Saturday. “There may have been some kind of celebration. Bad people have celebrations, too.”
You can read the full story here. This is not a big mystery to me; there was a wedding, men fired guns into the air in celebration just as US planes were passing overhead; the jest reported being fired upon and called in an airstrike that killed 27 men, women and children.
But video that [Associated Press Television News] shot a day after the attack shows fragments of musical instruments, pots and pans and brightly colored beddings used for celebrations, scattered around the bombed out tent.
An AP reporter and photographer, who interviewed more than a dozen survivors a day after the bombing, were able to identify many of them on the wedding party video — which runs for several hours.
Prominently displayed on the videotape was a stocky man with close-cropped hair playing an electric organ. Another tape, filmed a day later in Ramadi and obtained by APTN, showed the musician lying dead in a burial shroud — his face clearly visible and wearing the same tan shirt as he wore when he performed.
:: Deb 3:21 PM :: permalink ::
 comments ::
Links to this post: