The Pentagon said yesterday it was investigating cockpit video footage
that shows American pilots attacking and killing a group of apparently unarmed
The 30-second clip shows the pilot targeting the group of
people in a street in the city of Fallujah and asking his mission controllers
whether he should "take them out". He is told to do so and, shortly afterwards,
the footage shows a huge explosion where the people were. A second voice can be
heard on the clip saying: "Oh, dude." ...
At no point during the exchange between the pilot and controllers
does anyone ask whether the Iraqis are armed or posing a threat. Critics say it
proves war crimes are being committed.
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