Wednesday, June 07, 2006

sometimes the wrong people are killed


While the mass killing of about two dozen villagers at Haditha continues to draw headlines, the more troubling killing of individual civilians by U.S. troops remains a more common occurence. These incidents often are never explained, and rarely witnessed by American reporters, who are growing fewer in number in Iraq and not often on patrol with soldiers due to the dangerous conditions.

However, one of the most intrepid of all the U.S. reporters over the past few years, Tom Lasseter of Knight Ridder, has filed a new report based on a mission he went on last Thursday just south of Baghdad where he monitored the killing of three civilians, a woman and two men, under the usual fog of confusion.

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