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Posted: 4/5/2006 5:07:21 AM EDT
I'd like to think they were trying to drag him to safety but I don't think so

www.twincities.com/mld/twincities/news/breaking_news/14269027.htm

news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060405/ap_on_re_mi_ea/iraq_helicopter_video

Video purports to show dragging of pilot
Associated Press
CAIRO, Egypt - A poor-quality video posted on the Internet Wednesday in the name of an extremist group claimed to show Iraqi insurgents dragging the burning body of a U.S. pilot on the ground after the crash of an Apache helicopter.

The U.S. military said it could not confirm the authenticity of the video.

The video, posted by a group calling itself the Shura Council of Mujahedeen, claimed that its military wing shot down the craft, which the U.S. military said went down Saturday.

The footage in the video, which was e-mailed to reporters, was blurry but the helicopter could be clearly seen. It was not clear if the man being dragged in the video was wearing a U.S. military uniform.

But the extremist group, in audio and a statement attached to the video, said he was a U.S. helicopter pilot.

According to statements on Islamist Web sites, the Mujahedeen Shura Council was organized in January to consolidate al-Qaida in Iraq and other insurgent groups. The move was seen as an effort by Iraqi insurgents to lower the profile of al-Qaida leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, a Jordanian, whose mass attacks against Shiite civilians have tarnished the image of the insurgents among many Iraqis.

Separately, the U.S. military in Baghdad said Wednesday it had confirmed that the two pilots in the downed helicopter had died, and it had recovered "all available remains found on the scene, given the catastrophic nature of the crash."

The military statement said that although "reports of a Web site video suggest that terrorists removed part of a body from the crash site, the authenticity of the video cannot be confirmed."

"We are outraged that anyone would create and publish such a despicable video for public exposure," said U.S. military spokesman Lt. Col. Jonathan Withington.

The AH-64D Apache Longbow crashed due to possible hostile fire west of Yousifiyah while on combat patrol, the military said.

Link Posted: 4/5/2006 5:22:53 AM EDT
R.o.P.
Link Posted: 4/5/2006 5:27:21 AM EDT

Originally Posted By VoodooChile:

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"We are outraged that anyone THESE FUCKING SAVAGES would create and publish such a despicable video for public exposure," said U.S. military spokesman Lt. Col. Jonathan Withington.






Fixed it for you Colonel.
Link Posted: 4/5/2006 5:28:48 AM EDT


Bastards.
Link Posted: 4/5/2006 5:30:25 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/5/2006 5:32:44 AM EDT by SWIRE]
Since the situation is different this time hopefully the military will launch a massive assault to get him back and clean up the scum that took him. That type of response is needed to offset the what the image of what the US has had to do in the past when we weren't in control of the country.

We know where the chopper went down, we have footage of the people that took the pilot, we have footage of anyone that might have seen who drug him through the streets...so go house to house, street to street until you find him and someone talks.
Link Posted: 4/5/2006 5:30:56 AM EDT


But boy oh boy, aren't we treating those poor ROP-ers poorly.

I have yet to see the first movie of americans dragging dead terrorists through te streets
Link Posted: 4/5/2006 5:31:19 AM EDT
Link Posted: 4/5/2006 5:31:54 AM EDT
Ogrish has the video (of course) As I expected, they weren't trying to drag him to safety (pilot was already dead)
Link Posted: 4/5/2006 5:34:00 AM EDT
Damn, just damn.....
Link Posted: 4/5/2006 5:39:53 AM EDT
hmmmm, I feel the nice familiar warmth that only unbridled anger can cause
Link Posted: 4/5/2006 5:51:56 AM EDT
You'd have thought these poor oppressed people would have learned after what happened when they did the same to the Blackwater folks.

Here's to the soldiers, and the hope that the retribution is swift and true.
Link Posted: 4/5/2006 6:13:55 AM EDT
They are our enemies, what do we expect of them. Of course they can keep dragging bodies through the streets as mutch as they want, and they will keep getting one way tickets to the afterlife.
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