Al Qaeda in Iraq Uses My Photos for Its Propaganda
4:16 PM, Jun 26, 2008 • By BILL ROGGIO
On June 20, Al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) released a video promoting its attacks throughout the country. In one segment, AQI promotes attacks by two Kuwaitis, one of whom was a former detainee at the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The former Guantanamo detainee was responsible for a devastating suicide attack at Combat Outpost Inman in Mosul on March 23, 2008 that killed 13 Iraqi soldiers and wounded more than 40.
I was embedded in Mosul with the U.S. Military Transition Teams that work with mentoring the Iraqi army during this time frame. I was on the scene within an hour of the attack at Combat Outpost Inman, and took photographs and wrote an article on the horrific bombing. Al Qaeda found my images, and incorporated four of the photos in their propaganda video to document the aftermath of the attacks. I took a look at the tape here and discuss the usage of my images in enemy propaganda with Covert Radio's Brett Winterble.