January 07, 2008

Iraqi Kills US Soldiers Who Beat Pregnant Woman

A potentially explosive drama developing in Mosul, where an Iraqi soldier opened fire on his US colleagues.

It is being widely reported in the Middle East that this soldier, nicknamed "Caesar", opened fire after the US soldiers started beating a pregnant woman.

The Association of Muslim Scholars has confirmed this story, which was also reported in Lebanese newspaper Al-akhbar. Graffiti in Mosul today says "Well done Caesar" And leaflets in support of him are being distributed. This could become a big story in Iraq.

Links here and here and here.

Oddly, Reuters is reporting this story without any mention of the pregnant woman.

2 comments:

Bukko_in_Australia said...

At the risk of sounding like a member of the conga line, thanks for enlightening me to this story. There are lots of rumours swirling around any incident in a conflict, so I don't necessarily believe it. Perhaps if my Arabic was better and I could read that middle link... That might explain WHY a soldier who had been working with the Americans turned on them right then and there, though. It will be interesting to see if this gets any exposure, whether through verifying or debunking.

gandhi said...

C'mon Bukko, you are not STILL giving the US military the benefit of the doubt in such situations are you? By my reading, they are down about 500-0 on that score: they control the Iraqi media as much as the US media, and it's amazing that stories like this and Haditha even get out.

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