Monday, July 26, 2010

TIM KING: Wikileaks Releases ‘The Afghan War Diary’

We hope the impact will lead to a comprehensive understanding of the war in Afghanistan and modern warfare in general. - Wikileaks

(SALEM, Ore.) — WikiLeaks has done it again; over 90,000 documents from the war in Afghanistan have been released to the public. Wikileaks called, The Afghan War Diary (AWD), “An extraordinary compendium of over 91,000 reports covering the war in Afghanistan from 2004 to 2010.

“The reports, while written by soldiers and intelligence officers mainly describing lethal military actions involving the United States military, also include intelligence information, reports of meetings with political figures, and related detail.”

Wikileaks released footage of an Apache helicopter attack on a group of unarmed Iraqi civilian journalists in April, that showed the U.S. Army absolutely decimating a group of eight, with apparent enthusiasm, and a desire to lay waste to the people on the ground. The helicopter crew continually asked for permission to attack the people, who were in no way acting a like a military force.

The journalists had no reason to suspect that an American helicopter would actually attack and leave them all dead. The Apache crew fired at the wounded and chuckled over the results, while insulting the dead as they lay on the ground[1].

That was followed by the helicopter attacking a mini van with two small children in the front seat, positioned in what appears to be in clear view of the attacking helicopter crew.

The van had arrived to evacuate the injured journalists. The attack on the van left several more Iraqi citizens dead in the road and scattered in the area.

After the attack, a U.S. Army HUMVEE arriving on the scene drove over the body of at least one journalist.

The American voices seem to find that aspect humorous, over the radio.

The children somehow were not killed in the initial attack, and an American soldier is seen running a child to a medical crew, only to be told they will not treat the children injured in the U.S. gunship attack, and they would have to wait for the Iraqi Army to arrive and transport them.

The Afghan document collection will shortly be available on a dedicated webpage.

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