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Soldier reveals orders to fire on civilians

Wikileaks Soldier Reveals Orders for "360 Rotational Fire" Against Civilians in Iraq


snip-"we had a pretty gung-ho commander, who decided that because we were getting hit by IEDs a lot, there would be a new battalion SOP [standard operating procedure].He goes, "If someone in your line gets hit with an IED, 360 rotational fire. You kill every motherf*cker on the street." Myself and Josh and a lot of other soldiers were just sitting there looking at each other like, "Are you kidding me? You want us to kill women and children on the street?" And you couldn't just disobey orders to shoot, because they could just make your life hell in Iraq. So like with myself, I would shoot up into the roof of a building instead of down on the ground toward civilians. But I've seen it many times, where people are just walking down the street and an IED goes off and the troops open fire and kill them."


snip--The deliberate killing of civilians is a war crime (Nanking 1937, Hankow 1938, German Invasion of Poland 1939.) McCord is one of a growing number of soldiers and support groups who have renounced their actions in Iraq. He said:



McCord says the scenes captured in the Wikileaks video are "an every-day occurrence in Iraq."

McCord says that when he found the two children wounded in the van, another soldier began to vomit and ran off. Then he recounts:

"That's when I saw the boy move with what appeared to be a labored breath. So I stated screaming, "The boy's alive." I grabbed him and cradled him in my arms and kept telling him, "Don't die, don't die." He opened his eyes, looked up at me. I told him, "It's OK, I have you." His eyes rolled back into his head, and I kept telling him, "It's OK, I've got you." I ran up to the Bradley and placed him inside. My platoon leader was standing there at the time, and he yelled at me for doing what I did. He told me to "stop worrying about these mother**bleep**ing kids and start worrying about pulling security." So after that I went up and pulled security on a rooftop.



McCord says the greater story is being overlooked, and that rather than blame individual soldiers, the Army itself should be examined, and its system of training soldiers.

"Instead of people being upset at a few soldiers in a video who were doing what they were trained to do, I think people need to be more upset at the system that trained these soldiers. They are doing exactly what the Army wants them to do."



3 Replies
Senior Advisor

Re: Soldier reveals orders to fire on civilians

What is the name of the gung ho commander that gave the order to kill? Should be pretty easy to have him prosecuted.

Veteran Advisor

Re: Soldier reveals orders to fire on civilians

Yep, that's right.  American soldiers NEVER do anything wrong.  They are all 100% of them all American boys next door, date my daughter types who would NEVER ever think of doing anything illegal, immoral or unethical.


Re: Soldier reveals orders to fire on civilians

  The problem is their training and leadership, hang the Generals and most of the problem will be corrected.