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Blackwater: The Confidential Iraqi Incident Report

September 30th, 2007 . by TexasFred

Death From All Sides

Sept. 30, 2007 – Since the fatal Sept. 16 Blackwater USA shooting in Baghdad’s Nasoor Square, officials from the private security company have insisted that their guards were responding to fire from “armed enemies.â€? Yet an extensive evidence file put together by the Iraqi National Police and obtained by NEWSWEEK—including documents, maps, sworn witness statements and police video footage—appears to contradict the contractors’ version of events. A confidential incident report, which has been provided by Iraqi National Police investigators to American military and civilian officials, concludes that the Blackwater vehicles “opened fire crazily and randomly, without any reason.â€?

A nine-minute police video made in the moments after the shooting shows helicopters similar to those used by Blackwater still hovering over the wreckage of charred, smoking and bullet-pocked cars. The graphic images include footage of burned human remains and show the street littered with brass bullet casings. They also show what appears to be a police officer waving a pistol at the scene; the footage was captured by a different police officer, who had run over from the nearby Iraqi National Police headquarters. (Portions of the video have been previously broadcast; it was recorded without sound.)

Iraqi National Police investigators also believe that Blackwater’s helicopters fired on the cars from above, according to confidential police documents and interviews with senior police officials. A memo written on Sept. 17 by the lead Iraqi police investigator states that shortly after the shooting began, “helicopters opened fire from the air toward the cars and civilians.â€? Gen. Hussein al-Awadi, the commander of the Iraqi National Police, told NEWSWEEK that the trajectory of some of the bullet wounds could only have been caused by fire from the air. “If anyone moved—whenever they saw someone leaving—either the convoy or the chopper shot him,â€? says Ali Kalaf Salman, an undercover Iraqi National Police officer who was working as a traffic cop at the scene. (One of the police documents lists 17 fatalities and many more wounded from the shooting. Other accounts have put the death toll at 11.)

Blackwater officials have acknowledged that their helicopters were at the scene of the shooting, but have denied that the guards in the choppers opened fire. In statements from Blackwater guards provided to the U.S. State Department and obtained by ABC News, the guards say they were fired upon by uniformed Iraqi police officers and others dressed in civilian clothes from multiple locations near the traffic circle. Still images provided to the network show a Blackwater vehicle pocked with five bullet marks. Anne Tyrrell, a company spokesperson, said shortly after the incident that the company “acted lawfully and appropriately in response to a hostile attack in Baghdad … The ‘civilians’ reportedly fired upon by Blackwater professionals were in fact armed enemies and Blackwater personnel returned defensive fire.�

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Blackwater: The Confidential Iraqi Incident Report

 

I don’t want to be throwing accusations out there or anything, but, ya just knew there was going to be a but didn’t you, but have you ever noticed how the Iraqis, and OUR very own MSM always seem to able to come up with video of insurgents shooting at American troops or launching rockets and firing off mortars too??

And there’s never footage of the bad guys getting their asses kicked.

Why is that I wonder?? Just askin’.

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One Response to “Blackwater: The Confidential Iraqi Incident Report”

  1. comment number 1 by: TexasFred

    And I did view the videos, NO WHERE in the 1st video did I see anything indicating that this was BW USA nor U.S. forces, there was NO clarification that could be documented, and the 2nd video states it’s U.S. troops and Iraqi troops engaging insurgents, I saw a video of what does appear to be American troops firing weapons and I saw some ‘other’ video of explosive damage that could not have been made by the .50 sniper rifle, the M-4′s or the AK-47′s they were firing, and certainly not by the M-203 grenade launcher they were firing, way too much damage, and if this was REAL firefight video, why weren’t they wearing their Kevlar helmets??

    I don’t think our libber troll likes seeing his raghead buddies being shot at and killed, too bad, quote this in your nothing little blog Billie Joe, I hope they NUKE the bastards and kill em ALL, Iraq, Afghanistan and Iran…

    Somehow, I don’t think a real combat zone would be a place he’d like, at all…

    And I DO appreciate the link in your nothing blog too BJ, I hope ya don’t mind if I call you BJ, it’s really a nothing blog and it won’t get me any extra readers but it did boost MY standings in the blog world when it hit the ranking services, thanks, and I hope it’s OK with you if I don’t return the favor, little pissant libber blogs are making a real effort to engage some of the bigger and better Conservative blogs in a WAR of sorts, knowing that if we make posts about your lunacy and make links to it, it will help YOUR rankings too, well BJ, I am not going to help you, I don’t help moonbats, so, I guess you can figure where that leaves you and your 1st thing out of the gate name calling…