- 5 years ago
Playing tracks by
BARE, Mazzy Star and Verve, The.
U.S. Army veteran Ethan McCord recounts his life-changing experiences at the scene of one of the most notorious events of the Iraq War: the slaying of two Reuters journalists, along with a group of mostly unarmed men, on the streets of Baghdad by American attack helicopters in July 2007. American helicopters fired upon a group of men and a van, mistaking their video equipment for weapons and killing several. Three years later, the tape was spread to the global news by WikiLeaks, and McCord describes seeing himself in the footage on TV and vividly recalling the experience set forth.
While conducting a knock-and-search of private homes and looking for weapons, he and his team heard the helicopters, or Apaches, firing on the group of men, and he described the unreal experiences of seeing their dead, mangled bodies. When he examined the van, he found a dead man and his two injured young children. Compelling. Listen now.