Hearts and Minds, Livers and Spleens

From Holden:

Yet another reason why US forces should be removed from Iraq immediately: our “commanders in the field” are willing to wipe out an innocent family of eleven in order to capture a single insurgent.

Eleven people — most women and children — were killed when a house was bombed during a U.S. raid north of Baghdad early Wednesday, police and relatives said.

The U.S. military acknowledged four deaths — a man, two women and a child — in the raid that they said netted an insurgent suspect in the rural Isahaqi area, about 50 miles north of the capital.


Associated Pres photographs showed the bodies of two men, five children and four other covered figures arriving at the hospital accompanied by grief-stricken relatives.


”The killed family was not part of the resistance; they were women and children,” Ahmed Khalaf said. ”The Americans have promised us a better life, but we get only death.”

The U.S. military said it was targeting and captured an individual suspected of supporting foreign fighters for al-Qaida in Iraq.

”Troops were engaged by enemy fire as they approached the building,” said Tech. Sgt. Stacy Simon, a military spokeswoman. ”Coalition forces returned fire utilizing both air and ground assets. The targeted individual was detained during this raid.”


Police Capt. Laith Mohammed, in nearby Samarra, said American warplanes and armor were used in the strike, which destroyed the house. The 11 people inside were killed, he said.

An AP reporter at the scene said the roof of the house collapsed, three cars were destroyed and two cows were killed.