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I mentioned earlier that news of another massacre of Iraqi civilians by U.S. forces had surfaced on the heels of the atrocities reported in Haditha. I haven’t see the video evidence yet, but via RawStory we now have pictures of the aftermath in Ishaqui.

12126DedPhotographs taken by Agence France Presse but not distributed by major US media outlets show the bodies of Iraqi civilians killed in March in a home in Ishaqi, Iraq. Those photographs — may of which are graphic and show the decaying bodies of children, some of them babies — are displayed below. …

The photographs were discovered and highlighted by by Christopher Floyd of earlier this year.

According to Reuters report on the incident, the 11 bodies of men, women and children, including a 75-year old grandmother and a child under the age one one, were found bound in their blown-up home. All were shot in the head; the house was riddled with bullets. At the time, “The U.S. military said two women and a child died during the bid to seize an al Qaeda militant from a house.”

… “We know that two Iraqi police officials, Major Ali Ahmed and Colonel Farouq Hussein – both employed by the U.S.-backed Iraqi government – told Reuters that the 11 occupants of the house, including the five children, had been bound and shot in the head before the house was blown up,” Floyd added. “We know that the U.S.-backed Iraqi police told Reuters that an American helicopter landed on the roof in the early hours of the morning, then the house was blown up, and then the victims were discovered. We know that the U.S.-backed Iraqi police said that an autopsy performed on the bodies found that “all the victims had gunshot wounds to the head.” We know that the U.S.-backed Iraqi police said they found “spent American-issue cartridges in the rubble.”

The thumbnail above is among the least graphic of the pictures. There are more available here. But be warned. If you don’t particularly care to see pictures of dead children, you might not want to click on the link above. On the other hand, many of us voted for it and all of us are paying for it, so we might as well take a good hard look.

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