Saturday, November 25, 2006

US helicopter fires on Iraqi funeral party

Reuters AlertNet - US helicopter fires on Iraqi funeral party-ministry:
US helicopter fires on Iraqi funeral party-ministry
24 Nov 2006 17:37:33 GMT
Source: Reuters

BAGHDAD, Nov 24 (Reuters) - A U.S. helicopter fired on a funeral party in Baghdad, one of dozens taking place after Thursday's devastating bombings in Sadr City, in response to ritual shooting, the Iraqi Interior Ministry said.

A ministry official said two people were wounded in Friday's air strike, which came after mourners fired into the air.

Earlier, some residents and a Shi'ite lawmaker reported clashes between gunmen and U.S.-led forces in Sadr City, a stronghold of the Mehdi Army militia in the Iraqi capital.

A U.S. military spokesman said he could not comment on specific operations but U.S. forces were helping Iraqi army and police enforce a curfew imposed after the Sadr City attacks on Thursday which killed more than 200 people.
How to win friends and influence people - American Army style. US Army helicopters prevented ambulances from getting into or leaving Sadr city after the bombings. Not content with that they're now firing on the funerals.


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