This from Jasper's posting this morning
US accidentally kills 9 Iraqi civilians
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Code words: known=those we haven't been able to keep quiet.
The killings occurred as U.S. forces pursued suspected al-Qaida in Iraq militants in the area. Shortly after the incident, American officers met with a Muslim sheik representing citizens in the area, he said.
"We offer our condolences to the families of those who were killed in this incident, and we mourn the loss of innocent civilian life," Evans said in a statement e-mailed to the AP.
Saturday's strike was the deadliest known case of mistaken identity in recent months.
In November, a leader of one of the so-called awakening councils — Sunni tribesmen allied with American forces fighting to oust al-Qaida from their hometowns — said U.S. soldiers killed dozens of his fighters during a 12-hour battle north of Baghdad.
The leader, Mansour Abid Salim of the Taji Awakening Council, accused American troops of mistaking his men for militants. The U.S. military admitted killing 25 men, but said they were insurgents operating "in the target area" where al-Qaida was believed to be hiding.
The U.S. military investigated that incident, but the two versions of events were never reconciled.
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never reconciled=we weren't able to get the other side to change their story.
One of the greatest tragedies is that we make our military into two things—targets and murderers, all in our names.