Gunmen shot dead three Sunni clerics in separate attacks in a single day in Iraqi Nineveh province’s capital of Mosul, a provincial police source said on Sunday. Article
This one item stood out insofar as ye old scribe is concerned. In addition to insurgent elements blowing up bridges, the U.S. is doing the same thing?
In Iraq, Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons targeted an enemy bridge in Al Muqdadiyah with GBU-38s and GBU-12. The JTAC reported the bridge was destroyed. Source
A look at at least some of what is known from inside Iraq regarding the Blackwater debacle. Shorter version: War without constraint of rules by profit-oriented mercenaries.
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.” 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.”
…One of the police documents lists 17 fatalities and many more wounded from the shooting. Other accounts have put the death toll at 11.
At times, the official National Police version of events seems to be tinged with hyperbole. Al-Awadi, the National Police commander, told NEWSWEEK that there were “hundreds—hundreds—of American vehicles” on the scene shortly after the incident. That is almost certainly an exaggeration. Still, the Iraqi police accounts also roughly jibe with the stories of civilian eyewitnesses interviewed by NEWSWEEK shortly after the shooting. Iraqi officials have hinted that additional videotapes of the incident may exist that have yet to be made public.… Article
Keeping up with the charges and hearings.
A military panel on Saturday sentenced an Army sniper to five months in prison, a reduction in rank and forfeiture of pay for planting evidence in connection with the deaths of two Iraqi civilians.
Spc. Jorge G. Sandoval, 22, was acquitted of murder charges in the April and May deaths of two unidentified men. The panel decided he was guilty of a lesser charges of placing detonation wire on one of the bodies to make it look as if the man was an insurgent. Article
A judge on Sunday delayed court-martial proceedings for a second U.S. Army sniper accused in the deaths of two unarmed Iraqi civilians a day after a military panel sentenced a 22-year-old specialist to five months in prison for his role in the crimes.
Jorge G. Sandoval also received a reduction in rank to private and a forfeiture of his pay after he was convicted Thursday of planting evidence on one of the unidentified Iraqis who died last spring. He was acquitted of two murder charges. Article