Wikileaks cable says Iraqi children shot in head during US raid

The Jeenyus Corner


By Lynn Herrmann

Washington – One of the US diplomatic cables in the latest batch released by Wikileaks offers evidence of US troops executing at least 10 Iraqi civilians in one incident, including women and children who were handcuffed and shot in the head.

In a communication to US officials dated less than two weeks after the March 15, 2006 nighttime raid, Philip Alston, the UN’s special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, said autopsies performed on the dead civilians showed all were handcuffed and shot in the head.

Among the dead were five children, all five years old or younger, and four women. In an email to McClatchy Newspapers on Wednesday, Alston noted both the US and Iraqi governments had not been forthcoming in his request for information, as “was the case with most of the letters to the U.S. in the 2006-2007 period,” a time…

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