Did US troops kill 6 Iraqi police by mistake...or not?
An interesting story has just appeared on the Reuters newswire. Today in an early morning raid, US troops apparently directed fire at a target that was returning intense fire. When the skirmish was over, among the 13 dead were 6 Iraqi policemen. The article does not say whether the police were part of the insurgents, or if it was a case of friendly fire.
If the former, it puts a sharp point on the interim report from the White House in which found that 8 key benchmarks showed unsatisfactory progress. Two of them were:
- Ensuring that the Iraqi Security Forces are providing evenhanded law enforcement
- Increasing the number of Iraqi security force units capable of operating independently.
If Iraqi and police forces are not trustworthy - this would make these benchmarks difficult to achieve a satisfactory level.
BAGHDAD, July 13 (Reuters) - U.S. soldiers killed at least 13 people including six Iraqi policemen during a dawn raid in Baghdad on Friday, the U.S. military said.
An Iraqi reporter working for the New York Times was also shot dead on his way to work in Baghdad, the newspaper said, a day after two Reuters employees were killed during an incident involving U.S. forces in the city.
Khalid Hassan, 23, was shot in the southern Saidiya district of the capital, the Times said in a statement, adding that the circumstances of the attack were unclear.
A U.S. war plane made an air strike during the raid in mainly Shi'ite east Baghdad after U.S. soldiers came under "heavy and accurate" gunfire from an Iraqi police checkpoint, rooftops and a church, the military said in a statement.