8.12.06

Another War-Crime: US raid killed civilians, Iraqi officials claim

US raid killed civilians, Iraqi officials claim | Special reports | Guardian Unlimited:
Iraqi officials today contradicted US claims that 20 al-Qaida militants had died in a coordinated US air and ground assault, saying instead that 17 civilians had been killed.

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[P]olice and officials in the town of Ishaqi said the bodies of 17 civilians, including six women and five children, were found in the rubble of two homes.

"The Americans have done this before, but they always deny it," Amer Alwan, the mayor of Ishaqi, was quoted as saying by Reuters. "I want the world to know what's happening here."

TV news footage showed more than a dozen charred and bloodied bodies laid out in rows, covered in blankets.

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