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IRAQ: Controversial video of U.S. military shooting

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A war video, leaked on the Internet site Wikileaks.org, shows U.S. military helicopters opening fire on men on a Baghdad street. Two of the individuals are thought to be an Iraqi photographer and a driver, both of whom worked for the Reuters news agency. Other men are believed to be holding guns.

The video is a look at the ugly realities of war. In Baghdad, news of the video prompted a protest and demands for an Iraqi government inquiry from the Iraqi Journalists Union, according to the Associated Press.

The leak came on a day when Baghdad was shocked by more bombings and uncertainty over the political process. The U.S. military said it was investigating the video and its contents.

Iraqi journalists and those working with the media have paid a huge price since 2003 as at least 221 media professionals have been killed, according to Reporters Without Borders.

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-- Los Angeles Times

Video: Purported footage of a U.S. attack on a Baghdad street. Credit: YouTube


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