Military Investigation Matches What Is Seen On Baghdad Strike Tape
1:40 PM, Apr 7, 2010 • By BILL ROGGIO
If you watch that video again, you'll hear a direct reference to the ground element. At 3:05 in the full video, here, you'll hear a member of the Apache crew identify the ground element:
And then later one of the Apache crew asks what appears to be the ground element commander for permission to engage, and is given permission. The ground commander responds:
This all matches with the initial report on the incident in the Washington Post:
Finally, in the findings section of the report, the investigators concluded that the Apache crews acted appropriately and followed the rules of engagement.
Now the military's investigation and findings can be dismissed as a cover-up, as some have done, but from what we can see from the video, the description provided in the investigation matches what you see on the Apache gun camera video. It would be interesting to see if other video exists of the firefight that preceded the Apache strike (perhaps from other unarmed UAVs). But given that CENTCOM is unsure it can even recover the Apache videotape to match it with the WikiLeaks tape, the odds of it coming to light are slim.
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