Video may show friendly fire cover-up in Iraq

By David Edwards
Tuesday, October 14, 2008 16:59 EDT
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Salon’s Mark Benjamin has uncovered a shocking video taken from a soldier’s helmet in Iraq which seems to indicate that a friendly tank caused the death of 2 U.S. troops.

Benjamin reported:

“When Pfc. Albert Nelson died in Iraq in 2006, the Army first told Feggins that he might have been killed by friendly fire, and then that it was enemy mortars. She says she never believed the Army’s explanation. ‘I always felt like they were lying to me,’ she said. ‘I could never prove it.’”

“‘I would ask the casualty officer what was going on. I’d be told they are still working on the report,’ she said. ‘They were still doing their investigation. What could I do? It’s the U.S. military. I had no control.’”

“She did not know that there was a video of his death until I contacted her recently. Salon has obtained evidence — including a graphic, 52-and-a-half minute video — suggesting that friendly fire from an American tank killed two U.S. soldiers in Ramadi, Iraq, in late 2006, and that the Army ignored the video and other persuasive data in order to rule that the deaths were due to enemy action. Feggins watched the video with me in her den.”

“Shot from the perspective of the soldiers taking fire from what they clearly believe is an American tank, the footage shows how Pfc. Albert Nelson and Pfc. Roger Suarez-Gonzalez died. It also records soldiers trying to save Nelson’s life, and the sound of a platoon sergeant attempting to report over a radio that the casualties were due to friendly fire. He then seems to be overruled by a superior officer who insists it was an enemy mortar attack. Troops from Nelson’s unit interviewed by Salon, including three soldiers there that day, blamed friendly fire from a U.S. tank for the deaths. ‘A tank shot us,’ said a soldier. ‘That is what happened.’”

Read the full report here.

This video is from Salon.com, broadcast October 14, 2008.

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David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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