Thursday, May 22, 2008

U.S. helicopter strike kills 8 Iraqi civilians

By Sabah al-Bazee

BAIJI, Iraq (Reuters) - A U.S. helicopter airstrike on Wednesday night killed eight civilians, including two children, north of Baghdad, police officials said on Thursday.

Colonel Mudhher al-Qaisi, police chief in the town of Baiji, said the attack was on a group of shepherds in a vehicle in a farming area. Relatives said some of those killed were fleeing on foot after the U.S. military arrived in the area.

"This is a criminal act. It will make the relations between Iraqi citizens and the U.S. forces tense. This will negatively affect security improvements," Qaisi told Reuters.

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Another horrifying example of the United States violently stripping innocent people of their right to be alive. Please take a moment to consider how you might feel if an un-invited foreign military force killed your family members.

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